In his 1990 book, The Frog in the Kettle : What Christians Need To Know About Life In The Year 2000, Christian pollster George Barna introduced a powerful and compelling metaphor for the modern Christian and Church.
“Place a frog in a kettle of boiling water,” he wrote, “and it will quickly jump out, aware that the environment is dangerous. Place a frog in a kettle full of room temperature water and slowly increase the temperature of the water until it is boiling. The frog will stay in the water until it boils to death.”
Much as we admit that culture is changing… and the church is in need of real reform, things really aren’t that bad, are they? We don’t have to make any real radical adjustments, do we?! “Come on in, folks, the water’s fine!”
Sadly, I fear, we’ll only know how bad it really is when we croak… and it’s too late to jump!