“Somehow or other, and with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore—and this in the name of the one who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which he passed through the world like a flame. Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction. If the pious are the first to be shocked, so much worse for the pious—others will pass into the kingdom of heaven before them. If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like him? We do him singularly little honor by watering down his personality till it could not offend a fly. Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine
3 Replies to “Thought for today”
I really do love this quote. It shows just how much we really need Christ in our lives. Also, I can’t get over how powerful a photo this is! It really is dramatic in every way. Love!
I hear you. Every now and then, I have to shake off propriety and timidity, and remind myself how radical redemption is. Thank God for God.
And yes, that photo is epic.
Side Note: I’m convinced Dorothy Sayers’ book “Letters to a Diminished Church” should be mandatory reading for anyone contemplating any form of public ministry.