Question: Christians often describe their faith as a “personal relationship with God.” Is that a useful category for those who are looking on at Christianity and trying to figure out what it’s all about?
Answer: No. The last thing in the world I’d want is a personal relationship with God. Our relationship with God is mediated. Without the church we know not God. No Israel, No God, Know Church, Know Jesus. Our faith is a mediated faith with people formed through word and sacrament. So I’d never trust myself to have a personal relationship with God.