The church is not in the world to teach sinners how to straighten up and fly right. Thatâ€™s the worldâ€™s business; and on the whole it does a fairly competentâ€”even gleefully aggressiveâ€”job of it. The church is supposed to be in the forgiveness business. Â Its job in filling pulpits is to find derelict nobodies who are willing to admit that theyâ€™re sinners and mean it. Itâ€™s supposed to take sheep who can be nothing but lost â€¦Â and stand them up to proclaim that lostness, deadness, uselessness, and nothingness are Godâ€™s cup of tea. The churchâ€™s job is not to go around implying that those desperate states are conditions we must get over as quickly as possible once weâ€™ve been found; its true work is to invite us all to go moonstruck over the news that the one operative consideration in our life is the Passion of the Finder to find.
~ Robert Farrar Capon,Â The Foolishness of Preaching