A profound quote from author, Philip Yancey, in his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace?
“It has taken me years to distill the gospel out of the subculture in which I first encountered it”.
This sentence sums up so much of where I am at with God as I understand him today. I find the subculture in which many of those who profess most loudly to represent God are entrenched distasteful. Not meaning to criticize it too harshly, but it is simply not for me and I find little meaning or value in it at this point.
His phrasing and choice of words, particularly, “distill”, is especially thought provoking to me as a recovering alcoholic. Almost ironic really.
And leaves me wondering how many more people would have a taste for who Jesus was and what he taught if he wasn’t presented as often by a subculture that they find unpalatable? Yet somehow we often presume we are helping God out by creating systems and cultures for him. Is that what we are doing?