Thursday, May 07, 2015


Are You A Sleeper?

Mark Roberts:
Our message to those who live in darkness resonates with the baptismal hymn: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." This is the good news we share with those who live in darkness, those who, according to Ephesians 2:1, are "dead" in their "transgressions and sins," just as we once were. Through the light of our lives, we not only reveal the true nature of darkness, but also we invite its "sleepers" to rise from the dead and live in the light of Christ.

Thus, the hymn in verse 14 underscores the redemptive purpose of exposing the darkness. We are saying to others, in effect, what was once said to us: Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the deadness of sin and darkness. Turn to God and his grace, and Christ will shine on you. You too can become light in the Lord, light that shines into the darkness so that others might turn to the one true light, Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Two thoughts pass through my mind when I read that. Firstly it emphasizes that there is nothing loving about letting someone wallow in their own sinfulness. They can tell us how unloving it is to harass them or to tell them that their behavior is wrong, but that is their guilt speaking, not truth.

It is important when we do that to separate that which is just wrong from that which is ill-advised or unwise. This is why Christians need to think ethically not just theologically, but that cannot be used to negate the point.

Secondly,w hen I read this I could not help but think of the sci-fi classic "Dune."

Feom this dream, he goes on to lead a revolution to save his planet. It makes me wonder what would happen if we ever really "awoke."


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