Scripture tells us that we need to speak to our generation with clarity. One of the mistakes that we make is that of reducing faithfulness in this to words alone. There are other ways of speaking, and we need to use them all.
Architecture speaks. It is not possible for human beings to live in architectural silence. We are always speaking. If an alien with anthropological interests were to come and walk through our cities, he would be able tell—without speaking to anyone—what was important to us. He would see business in the skyscrapers. He would see commerce in the great shopping malls. He would see entertainment in the stadiums. Where would he see the importance to us of the worship of the Most High God? We are always speaking . . . but what are we saying?
In other eras, and in some other locations, it is quite different. Churches were built first, and they were built centrally. They made a statement with their placement, and with their height, and with their architectural attitude.
Of course, it should go without saying—although it is safe to keep saying it—that the attitude should be that God is great, and is worthy of this statement, not that we are great for worshiping Him in such an admirable fashion. Truly exalted Christian architecture must be humble.
We say that such a task is hard, and we are very aware of all the obstacles. Yes, there are many obstacles. But when we have the same kind of zeal for the glory of our Father in Heaven as the worldings have for the glory of Mammon, then perhaps we will do something worthwhile. Building their skyscrapers, and their malls, and their stadiums . . . was that easy for them? Or are they more dedicated to the worship of false gods than we are in the worship of the true?
So let the stones cry out.