This morning I have chosen to talk a bit about the Psych theme song. You will notice that the clip below is not the actual opening for the TV show. However, this clip has a number of funny scenes from the show as well as the whole song.
Again, there is one phrase that stuck out to me this morning as I was watching the clip. At a couple of points in the song, the line “I’m not inclined to resign to maturity” is sung. For some reason that line sticks with me when I think about growing in faith.
I have been asked a number of times lately what I thought the most significant issue facing the American Church is. On those occasions I have given different answers, but all of those answers could be more simply put into the above phrase from the song.
Far too often we settle for the milk to nourish our faith instead of the meat. In other words we tend to practice what I call fast food Christianity. A lot of our churches are full of people who drive through our churches (meaning that they come to church on Sunday for something quick so they can get through their week) and expect that they will be nourished. Fast food doesn’t do a great job in giving our bodies what we need and neither does coming to church on Sunday morning with the expectation that you are good for the week if you put your hour in.For fast food Christians, church then is a consumer product just like everything else in our lives and if it doesn’t live up to our expectations we toss it out for a newer shinier model. We do it with cars and toasters and anything else we can think of. It is also done with church. Church then becomes something we do when there is time to fit into our busy schedules and little else about faith or God is given much thought to the rest of the week.
The fact of the matter is that the church is not inclined to resign to maturity. We prefer a shallow faith that does not challenge the status quo. We prefer a faith that keeps God at arms length and when we do want that relationship with God it is because we want or need something from Him. If we are to be the body of Christ, then let us incline to resign ourselves to maturity. Consider these words from Hebrews 5:12-14:
12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (The NASB)