The Problem with Christianity

I am not sure if I know. I can venture some guesses, but instead, I ran across this quote from G.K. Chesterton that struck me in a visceral way,

“The problem with Christianity is not that is has been tried and found wanting, the problem with Christianity is that it is found difficult and not tried.”

Never found wanting, sometimes found too difficult. That pretty much sums up my spiritual journey. When I have ventured for Christ, I have not been dissapointed even when the results are less than I hoped or expected. But how many times have I simply walked away from what I felt was God’s call? Too many to count I can assure you.

G. K. Chesterton
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874June 14, 1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction.

Chesterton has been called the “prince of
paradox.”[1] He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. For example: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”[2] He is one of the few Christian thinkers who are admired and quoted equally by liberal and conservative Christians, and indeed by many non-Christians. Chesterton’s own theological and political views were far too nuanced to fit comfortably under the “liberal” or “conservative” banner. And in his own words he cast aspersions on the labels saying, “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”[3]