“There’s a Christian coalition brewing…Anytime a group of individuals likes the same thing…I don’t like that” Boston Rob on Survivor
Survivor is the ultimate reality show. In some ways it absolutely reflects real life. There are cliques. People are in it for themselves. There’s backstabbing and front-stabbing and all kinds of hate happening.
People love to hate. It doesn’t seem right to me. In the show last night Rob said that while he goes to Church he sometimes questions when groups of people gather together because they’re the same. Sometimes I wonder this too. Of course it’s natural to hang out with people who have similar interests but no group is interesting if everyone is exactly the same. Christians seem particularly bad in this regard. We pick at each other. We argue over little details and debate theology until we’re blue in the face and people outside can’t stand us. We’ve convince ourselves that we’re right. That the other side is wrong and somehow we’ve got to convince them to believe what we believe.
We’ve become something strangely un-Christian. Our focus on details and structure instead of mission is definitely not Christ like. We’ve become closed off and separate from the world, content to argue amongst ourselves instead of serving others. It’s not a good way to be. We’ve lost our identity, our purpose. Jesus lived and loved. Jesus focused on the things that mattered, on the people he was with.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:43-48 ~ The Message)
Maybe it’s time we listened to him. If we’re going to follow Christ it would be nice if we acted like it. We’ve got to stop isolating ourselves. We’re not able to do ministry in the world if we don’t live in it with the people we are called to serve.
It’s time to get over our fear. It’s time to be who we are supposed to be.
A Journey through Lent: Day 30