“The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you” (2 Samuel 7:11).
While David’s desire to build a temple seems noble, it is but an example of the tendency of man to localize, politicize, institutionalize, and commercialize God. As usual, such thinking is too small and self-serving. God’s vision is for a spiritual temple; built by the power of his Spirit through the lineage of David, culminating in the person of Christ and the new covenant with his Church. It’s a view of faith that sees beyond the personal desires of the moment to the needs of the generations that will follow. Faith isn’t a settled life and must always lean forward. It is an inevitable death for any church when placating the preferences of those who attend displaces our passion for reaching those who don’t.