Knowing our spiritual ancestry puts our sorrows, anxieties and wounds into perspective. Ours is a historical foundation built on the blood of martyrs — Christians willing to live so radically for Jesus they considered it joy to die for Him. Yet I frequently experience Christians leaving contemporary churches in droves because they don’t have a category for pain. They believe they are alone, and that sorrow is unique to them. This is the fruit of a individualistic, self-preoccupied society which has pervaded the Western Church as well as the culture. When people walk away from faith, it’s sometimes because they are ill-equipped to understand the paradoxical tension between the goodness of God and the reality of pain. And this is why Church history matters.
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