Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Find the Balance
- Yes, confrontation of the world! But also missionary adaptation.
- Yes, separation! But also cultural participation.
- No, not of the world! But yes, in the world.
- No, not conformed to this world! But yes, becoming all things to all people that we might save some.
- Yes, we are indigenous! But we are also strangers, pilgrims!
I need no more evidence that Christianity is a religion of reason than the necessity for living in tensions like these.
I have spent years trying to find a passage in Chesterton's "Orthodoxy" that I thought I read a long time ago where he talks about Christianity being the only thing big enough to tackle everything and yet small enough to save an individual soul. He was going on, I think, about the often vague stance scripture takes on some things.
The biggest tension we live in is the tension of how to become God's people - we want a pathway defined for us, yet the pathway is individualistic - we MUST discover it. Legalism is nothing more than defining the path for everyone, but some cannot take the That path.
The only way to live in these tensions is to let Christ remake us. There are no rules, there is only judgment and wisdom. Those things come from experience and life - hopefully a life that has been recreated by the Savior and the Holy Spirit.