This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
"Why, oh why, ohwhyohwhyohwhy, is being a Christian so freakin' hard? Why didn't he say 'Take up your big poofy pillow and follow me' instead of that heavy, painful cross? I WANT TO LIVE IN COMPLETE AND UTTER DEPRAVITY AND NOT THINK TWICE ABOUT IT! I want to hate and lust and kill and f*ck. But Christ is like that offer I can't refuse. I want to refuse. I want to refuse SO BAD. I'd like to say 'That sounds nice, Mr Jesus, but I'd rather choose this broad path to destruction. It's paved, and there are a lot more diversions along the way. I enjoy being mean as hell, living like a total recluse, and looking at boobs.' But of course, there's that small, nagging voice deep down that keeps saying 'You fool. Do you really want to be a slave again? Return to Sodom?' And that voice can be ignored, but never silenced. And the offer I can't refuse is the offer of freedom that only God gives. Ain't it a b*tch? —Strodtbeck J. fearsompirate.blogspot.com, July 19, 2003 (Link courtesy of The .Plan)
That voice speaks to the church as well as to individuals. But — will we be willing to listen?