Many post-modern city dwellers like to think of themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Generally, they mean that they care about spiritual things, but they don’t like going to church. This is one reason that $46 million was tithed at the box office over the weekend for Angels & Demons while The Da Vinci Code brought in $77 million at its opening.
This widespread interest in spiritual things suggests that people may be interested in the idea of a god, but they’re not really sure who he (or she) is or how to figure that out. Interestingly, we are not the first generation with this problem.
Just after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostles traveled throughout the world to proclaim the good news of Christ. In Athens, the apostle Paul stood in court, proclaiming,
I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being …
Since our God is known and knowable – revealed in the Bible and in the person Jesus Christ – let us put down the blockbuster hits or the bestselling novels and pick up the Word. Let’s not be overly concerned with titling ourselves “spiritual” or “religious,” but rather let’s follow, know, and love Christ – in whom we live, move, and have our being.