We have Facebook and MySpace and Email and the Internet and Downloaded Sermons and cell phones and laptops and Blackberries and……. in many ways we are more connected than any other generation. We have information coming out the wahzoo. But, there is something I think we’re missing… a way in which we are not as connected as we think.
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
Say for example that my friend has a wedding and I’m invited. And, I decide not to go in person. I agree, instead, to listen in on a cell speakerphone. I watch the cellphone video. I make sure to read the tweats and the postings on Facebook and pictures on flicker. I know what went on, I got all the info. But, let me ask you…. what did I miss out on? What did they miss out on? Continue reading “The importance of PROXIMITY”
“I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it…We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in His opinions and so inflammatory in His language that He was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever His peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference. ” – Dorothy L. Sayers -A Careless Rage for Life
(I love quotes… some people just say it better than I could.)
This kind of “peace” is something I’m not sure I have. I’ve been so indoctrinated to never offend anyone that I try to always be a peacemaker. Of course, there is the other end of the spectrum — I think its also easy to simply be a “butt head” and call it Christianity. But, Jesus obviously knew what He was doing… and obviously was kind and forgiving… and obviously He was strong. And, still He balanced it all…. but how?! My guess is it comes down to Love. Not the usual “speak the truth in love” that I’ve experienced with some Christians (which really means they want to give me their opinion of how they don’t like me or what I’m doing and then leave it in my lap to deal with it.) Somehow Jesus REALLY loved. And, from that, flowed a lot of stuff… and some of this stuff challenged people and ticked them off. And, for others it saved their lives. I so want to have this kind of love…. this kind of peace.
What if we could be the church…. really BE the church… like this –> A PLACE OF COMMUNITY.
And I mean starting with me… then you… then one or two others…. and… well, you get the picture. I mean, living in real community is challenging. Like riding a BIG wave off the coast of Hawaii, challenging. Like riding a wild horse, challenging. Like getting to know your teenager, challenging. It requires something of us. It requires desire and heart and commitment and practice and forgiveness and hope. But… what if it were possible?! What if we could really live in community with a few others. Hard? Yes… but wouldn’t it be worth it? Couldn’t it change everything?!