Have you ever heard of Frank Laubach? He has his face on a US postage stamp. He is considered a modern Christian mystic. By his own admission he struggled with his faith. Frank and I have this in common. I continue to struggle with my faith. If you are struggling with your faith, perhaps reading a little from Frank Laubach will help.
Here is an excerpt from “Letters By A Modern Mystic”
“January 20, 1930 – Conscious listening to the inner voice
Living in the atmosphere of Islam is proving – thus far – a tremendous
spiritual stimulus. Mohammed is helping me. I have no more intention of
giving up Christianity and becoming a Mohammedan than I had twenty
years ago, but I find myself richer for the Islamic experience of God.
Islam stresses the will of God. It is supreme. We cannot alter any of His
mighty decrees. To try to do so means annihilation. Submission is the first
and last duty of man.
That is exactly what I have been needing in my Christian life. Although I have been a minister and a missionary for fifteen years, I have not lived the entire day of every day in minute by minute effort to follow the will of God. Two years ago a profound dissatisfaction led me to begin trying to line up my actions with the will of God about every fifteen minutes or every half hour. Other people to whom I confessed this intention said it was impossible. I judge from what I have heard that few people are really trying even that. But this year I have started out trying to live all my waking moments in conscious listening to the inner voice, asking without ceasing, ‘What, Father, do you desire said? What, Father, do you desire done this minute?’
It is clear that this is exactly what Jesus was doing all day every day. But it is not what His followers have been doing in very large numbers.”
I believe that Frank was in touch with the future of Christian worship. Just as Saint John of the Cross and Jean-Pierre Caussade, Frank Laubach asks you to listen to your inner voice. Frank points out that it takes practice. Frank didn’t say he found God in a church building, or in some religious service. In the future Christians will likely not worship in church buildings, but will form communities over the internet. If this concept makes you uncomfortable, good. If this concept makes you excited about the future, welcome to my social network.