From the book " How God Makes Men" by Patrick Morely
" Adrian Rogers once went on a mission trip to Romania. Over the course of two weeks, he bonded with his interpreter but hadn't learned much about his thoughts. So toward the end of the trip he asked," Tell me, what do you think of American Christians?"
"I don't want to talk about it," came the strange reply. This, of course, only made Rogers more curious, so he began to press him for an answer."
Finally the interpreter capitulated," Well, okay then but you're not going to like my answer. I don't think you Americans understand what Christianity is all about. Back in the 1960s you started to use the word 'commitment' to describe your relationship with Christ. However, any time a word comes into usage, another word goes into disuse."
He continued," Until the 1960s, you Americans talked about 'surrender' to Christ. Surrender means giving up control, turning over all to the Master, Jesus. By changing to the word 'commitment', your relationship with Christ has become something you do; therefore you are able to keep control. Surrender means giving up all rights to oneself . You Americans don't like to do that, so instead you make a commitment."
I was shock to read this and of course I lived in and through this. I see it now. Are we going to get back to calling for people to surrender to Christ?