Not Only On Sunday

The Company of the Committed

Elton Trueblood begins his 1961 book, The Company of the Committed, with a sobering question: "What reason is there to suppose that our civilization, in contrast to civilizations which have preceded it, will endure?"

The Roman Empire, one of the powerful regimes of all times, was brought to its knees by a small group of people, known as the Way. They were not merely professing believers who viewed Christianity as something which is merely lived out in church attendance one day a week. Rather, they were focused, energized, and passionate about their faith; in a word, they were committed.

Why are the masses discontented with the church? Trueblood writes, "they are looking for a bold fellowship, and what they find is a complacent society concerned to an absurd degree with its own internal politics or so unimaginative to suggest that the world can be saved by three hymns and a sermon or a Mass."

He goes on to say that, "…Many contemporary seekers cannot abide in the Church [sic] as they see it, their dissatisfaction arising not from the fact that membership demands too much, but rather from the fact that the demands are too small."

As Trueblood sees it, American Christianity has trivialized the community of the committed by reducing the focus to a place, a time, and a person. If America is to endure according to Trueblood, we must become fully committed to Christ and His cause by reintroducing the power, wonder, truth, and beauty of God in all of life, not solely on Sunday. –Mark Hamby