A Dangerous Faith

23 May

What is the “American Dream,” anyway?  I think somewhere along the way someone decided that the best thing in the world would be to have a nice house, of course, incomplete without the obligatory white picket fence.  The house would be in the suburbs with unlimited rolling green grass (not too long though, or your neighbors will complain to the association) and there would be a large, gas-guzzling SUV in the garage replete with stickers on it that shows the many foreign places you’ve been to on your siestas.  The other car is usually a mid-life crisis result and is a BMW or late-model Lexus and the plates say something like “MD ONE,” or “LOAN DOC.”  Those are my favorites 😉

I could go on and on about this life, but I’m afraid that if I dwell on it too long that I will actually start wanting it, too.  Come on, it DOES sound nice.  It sounds tame and easy and relaxing and there aren’t too many unknowns (except for maybe when you’ll end up divorced, but that’s for another time).

What a nice sounding life.  Not too much persecution, other than Chi-suburban traffic.  Life is pretty predictable and good.  Isn’t that what life is all about, anyway?!?

Well, Jesus answers with a resounding “NO!”  Jesus said that the life that we were created for was a life that was giving and loving and sacrificial.  It was a life that’s biggest drive was not to get things for itself, but to give away everything and to find meaning and significance not in the things that we own, but in whom we love.

Jesus said that the two most important things in life were to love God and to love our neighbors.  Wow…that could get messy, huh?  That kind of love might actually take away one of our SUVs and that kind of life might put us in danger.  That kind of life might even get us killed.  All of those things are true.

Jesus also said that the man who seeks to save his life will lose it, but the man who gives his life away for the sake of other will find real life…true and lasting life.  What would that look like?

Pretty simply, it would take our eyes off of ourselves and put them on the people around us who are hurting and in need.  It may be noticing someone at Starbucks who just looks down and caring enough to just smile.  It may be taking a jobless neighbor out for a cup of coffee and of hope.  It may be taking a bag of groceries to a food bank and thanking God for his provision in your life.  It may be providing refuge for a person in grave danger.

It is only then that we will find what we are looking for…what we were created for and to be.

May God grant us his eyes so that we may seek out those in need both great and small, and in doing so, learning what it means to truly live.

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One Response to “A Dangerous Faith”

  1. Shelby June 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I follow you on twitter and something made me click your profile and here I am. I LOVE this post; it echoes a lot of what I’ve been thinking about how the very prosperity we enjoy here in the good old USA makes it HARD to be a Christian. I’ll be reading more frequently!

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