So I just finished reading “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. What an incredible book. I DEFINITELY recommend it. There is one part of the book that struck me so heavily – I HAD TO SHARE!!!
“Sometimes I leave Christian events wondering if we resemble the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 more than Elijah, the prophet of God. If you have forgotten the story, it may be good to stop here and read that chapter, or else the rest of what I write in this section will make very little sense to you. The prophets of of Baal had a loud, passionate worship gathering that lasted from morning till evening. When they were done, they had a great time of fellowship (I think you can call it that). But “no one answered; no one paid attention” (18:29). After all of that, Elijah prayed. God heard his prayer, and fire cam down from heaven.
My favorite part of that story comes when it is all over and the prophets of Baal are saying, “The Lord – he is God! The Lord – he is God!” (18:39). They didn’t say “Elijah is a great speaker” or “Elijah sure knows how to connect with God!” They were stunned by God. They were in awe of His power. They knew that what they experienced could not have been manipulated by Elijah. They experienced the power of God.
Is that what happens at Christian gatherings you attend? Or does it feel more like what the prophets of Baal experienced before Elijah prayed? We can have a great time singing and dancing ourselves into a frenzy. But at the end of it, fire doesn’t come down from heaven. People leave talking about who led rather than the power of God.” – Forgotten God, Francis Chan