Tom & I are sitting in a hotel room in downtown Pittsburgh looking out on one of the biggest snowfalls of the last 100 years. Time to relax and just enjoy an unexpected day off. God has a way of slowing us all down at times and the break is very much appreciated. In fact i am learning to accept breaks like this as gifts from God rather than getting all up tight about keeping to the schedule I had planned. After all the February Seed Sampler is out and there is nothing that absolutely has to be done today. (though I had hoped to get some seeds planted tomorrow.)
These last couple of days we have been speaking to Mennonite educators about the challenges of the coming decade and how to prepare students and teachers alike to be effective followers of Christ in the future.
As many of the participants have said – in order to really journey with Christ in this next decade we will need to be radical counter cultural people – which shouldn’t surprise us as that is exactly what Jesus and those early disciples were. For a long time it has been easy for followers of Christ to be complacent and comfortable in the culture. And it has been easy for us to rationalize our buy in to the values of the global consumer mall we live in. But I think this will become more difficult in this coming decade. Or at least that is what I hope.
I think that the growing marginalization of Christianity within Western culture is good for us. It forces us to really think about what we believe and why we believe it. It forces us to ask ourselves how seriously we want to follow Christ when those around us are moving away at time warp speed.
When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life” I don’t think he meant make a decision in your head and just go about life as usual. “I am the way” really means – look at the way I have lived my life, look at what my priorities and values are and live in the same way I have. It really is a very challenging message but one that I hope we will gladly embrace and walk with.
As I look out on the snowy landscape it amazes me that there are some people still out on the roads. It takes quite a commitment to get out when everyone else is staying home, we have to want to get to our destination really badly in order to even try, and travelling in such conditions is definitely not easy.
Maybe it is a little like the Christian faith. Getting out on the journey with Jesus when everyone else is staying at home is not easy but if we want to reach our destination then we have to be willing to try.
What do you think?