We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14
I suppose the age (i.e., level of maturity) varies from one person to the next on this issue, but all of us eventually grow up enough to learn how to respond to a dinner invitation with something other than, “It depends…what are we having?” I am right about that, am I not? I mean, what kind of insensitive, childish, self-centered adult would respond that way? Granted, we all might think it to ourselves, but we don’t say it out loud. After all, what would our dinner host think?
In short, there is a time when it is acceptable to play the role of the consumer and there is a time when it is not. There are moments in life when it really is all about me and my needs, and there are moments when that attitude is just childish.
As a church leader, I have a growing fear that the church in America (and surely in other parts of the world as well, but the American church is the one with whom I am most familiar) is irreparably consumer-minded and is becoming shameless in our response to God’s invitations. To call us childish or Spiritually immature would be an understatement. Somehow, somewhere along the way, I stopped asking whether