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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Al Qaeda and our response

In her column today, Maureen Dowd writes, "Al Qaeda has exploded into a worldwide state of mind." That sounds to me like a breathtakingly accurate assessment.

Now that poses the question: what would the Christian Church's worldwide state of mind look like? After spending three months in the reddest of red states where there is a church on every corner, I sense that the question is urgent. On Sundays in this semi-rural but fast-developing part of Virginia, the parking lots of the traditional churches have ten or fifteen cars in them, whereas some of the others have more than a hundred cars parked--an interesting commentary on American church life today. But think of this another way. In which of these congregations are there prayers for our troops? Probably all of them. In which of them are there prayers for our enemies? Probably neither, if my experience is any guide. In which of these congregations is there soul-searching about the way the world perceives us as Christians in America?

Just pondering....