You know what the church is missing?
Where are the storytellers?
Do you know that Jesus could have come at any time and preached a four-point message? Did he not have good enough theology to actually put together a perfectly structured sermon?
The people just kept saying, “Jesus, just get up there and tell us what you mean! Stop giving us the stories, what does it mean?” But he didn’t stop with the stories. Why?
The church is trying to answer questions that the world isn’t even asking, and we wonder why they aren’t running to us! We’re trying to get them to believe a book, and they don’t even understand the God that wrote the book! We can’t tell verses at them when they don’t even understand the person behind the verses! If they don’t understand the person, then they’ll never understand the purpose. We’ve been giving them purpose without the person, and it’s divorced from the reality of the Kingdom.
Jesus told stories because he wanted to give them a glimpse into the Father’s heart. He wanted them to see the person, not just the answer to all their questions. He told stories because stories move hearts much more than good theology ever could.
Where are the storytellers today? Where are the ones who will shout “I’ve got a story to tell! I don’t understand the theology but I know that he’s good! Can I tell you my story?” We all have a story to tell. It might not look pretty. It might not look like the story has an ending yet. But we have to start telling the stories of the goodness of God. That’s what people need to hear.