‘We have become crypt keepers’

Maria Dixon reports on bringing college students to worship only to leave disappointed because the living word of the gospel was not spoken while fresh ears were ready to hear.

That Sunday afternoon, I realized that our churches are not dying because our God is dead. Our churches are dying because we have become crypt keepers. We preach messages of dead doctrines while extolling traditions that can not be made relevant to our current context. We keep liturgies. We keep rituals. We keep archives. Yet we produce no new growth. We preserve the church—just like a grave preserves the memory of the dead. We willfully place God and the Gospel back in the tomb with our inability to live in the light of God’s love or testify to God’s grace.