That quote by Frederick Buechner helps me imagine Jesus introducing us to life in this awkward period in which we live, before Jesus is finished healing all that’s broken and making all things new.
In this period in which we live where we hear of violence in places like schools and churches and the need for security in both I like what one pastor says: we are not fearful, but we are wise. We are not downcast, but we are watchful. We are not aggressive, but we are protective. To do less would be unconscionable.”
So no matter what we will gather in the name of Jesus to lift high the name of Christ, without fear and without hesitation! For some, the threat of rain or a football game is enough to keep them away. For us, we will not be so easily deterred.
As the scriptures say, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” — Hebrews 10:25.
So, although we are working to get a security system in place this month because we believe the most loving thing to do for anyone in our building is to provide this, the irony is the church is still a dangerous place. It’s dangerous to risk loving people. It’s scary to make yourself known to others as true fellowship requires. That’s why so many avoid it.
It’s dangerous to get real with God. Exposing your sin, confessing your need – that’s risky.
It’s dangerous to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking, convicting of sin, encouraging growth, inducing change and love and gratitude in our crusty, world-shaped hearts.
It’s dangerous to say YES to following Jesus because it will wreck your comfortable life, reorient your precious priorities, challenge your self-centeredness, upset your plans for what you do with your money, and reallocate your time.
You see, the scariest part of being a Christian has nothing to do with bullets. It’s the risk of Jesus upsetting my comfortable life.
So, if you want safe, build a bunker and stay home.
But if you want an adventure…if you want real joy and lasting peace…sign up for following Jesus with more commitment and passion. Step out into the daylight and join with others at Marshfield UMC who are daring to go where Jesus leads, unleashing God’s love here, there, and everywhere.
Giving thanks for you,