The revelations of Ravi Zacharias’ failures have invited a host of questions to discern how such destructive sins could have occurred. Seeking answers, Christians have primarily probed RZIM from an organizational perspective.
● What was wrong with the culture of the ministry?
● Why were RZIM associates reprimanded for voicing concerns over Ravi’s suspicious activity?
● Why weren’t independent investigations undertaken when allegations began in 2008?
● Why is their board of directors anonymous?
● Why would a non-disclosure agreement be signed, in the case of the Canadian couple?
These questions should be asked during the healing process, learning from RZIM’s mistakes, and bringing justice to bear. But the most important question has not been asked. Moreover, our failure to ask the most important questions of this debacle points to and perpetuates our greatest problem within American Christianity.
The kind of questions that should be asked first of all should be:
- What was Ravi’s personal spiritual life like?
- What were Ravi’s devotional practices?
- What were the organization’s commitments to prayer, fasting, repentance, and holiness?
- Did RZIM have annual gatherings for biblical messages of repentance, confession of sin, calls to godly living, dedicated corporate prayer times, and so on?
Closeness with God is our greatest defense against sin and temptation. So why are we leading with questions about organizational policies, yet silent over the single most important subject on this matter: one’s daily life with God? Organizational lessons can and should be learned in due time, but secondary questions should not replace the primary ones.
Concentrating on organizational misdeeds or ineffective internal processes affirms that as modern American Christians we have lost our appreciation for a robust spiritual life, personally and corporately, built on devotion to prayer, taking in God’s word, fasting to humble ourselves, and regular repentance. The predominant questions that have been posed reveal a serious problem in American Christianity – a secular mindset and a spiritually weak church, vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks.
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SOURCE: Christian Union, Chuck Hetzler