Annie Dillard Quote on Crash Helmets needed for worship

Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? … Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us to where we can never return.”

—Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (New York: Harper & Row, 1982), pp. 40-41.

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2 Responses to Annie Dillard Quote on Crash Helmets needed for worship

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  2. Evan Caraballo says:

    Our question should be this. Do Christians really understand what they are doing when they pray for God’s kingdom to come? Do many really understand what God will bring when this happens? Its not enough to pray for God’s kingdom to arrive, we must be sober in our understanding of what will happen (through prayer and the reading of his word) when it gets here. Most importantly, its important to be an active part of his kingdom here on Earth so when he does come, we will be ready.

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