Laments

I am reading a book by Christopher J. H Wright with the unusual title (for a Christian author) “The God I Don’t Understand.”  There have been many books written of late questioning God and the way of the world but they tend to be written almost exclusively by atheists.  Wright, by contrast, contends in his book that questioning God with difficult questions is not only a Biblical calling but one in which some of the most profound people of faith have done over the course of time.  I’d like to type in part of a paragraph for consideration:

I feel the language of lament is seriously neglected in church.  Many Christians seem to feel that is somehow can’t be right to complain to God in the context of corporate worship when we should all feel happy.  There is an implicit pressure to stifle our real feelings because we are urged, by pious merchants of emotional denial, that we ought to have faith (as if the moaning Psalmist didn’t).  So we end up giving external voice to pretended emotions we do not really feel, while hiding the real emotions we are feeling deep inside.  Going to worship can become an exercise in pretense and concealment, neither of which can possibly be conducive for a real encounter with God.  

What are your thoughts?  Do you agree or disagree?

All the best & in Christ, 

Tom

Wright, Christopher.  The God I Don’t Understand (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI).  P. 52.

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