I am sitting here at my computer, taking a break from reading about Backgrounds of Early Christianity. The more I read about the ancient situation, the more similiarities I see to our own day and age. Our culture is a culture of ambiguity. More and more we are told there is no right or no wrong, and that we can choose what’s right and wrong. I see in our current situation a need for the message of God’s saving, freeing, free, unending, amazing, transforming love that rivals that of the first century. Our society needs Christians to shut about worship styles, and give up our scruples about eating in buildings, or using power point, or whether it is okay to clap or not and live lives of loud gospel proclamations. Not shouting on street corners, “turn or burn,” but taking food to shut-ins, visiting prisoners, feeding the hungry, loving the aids patient. Paul told the Corinthians that they were a living letter. What message are we sending our neighbors and communities when we are too busy fighting one another instead of serving with the love in the name of Christ?
What’s the message of the church? Why are better at pretending to be interested in doing the Lord’s work than we are at actually doing the Lord’s work? We can not tolerate sitting on the side lines of society and watching people live lives of hurry and worry and go about our day and not share with them the promise of rest, the promise of forgiveness, the promise of nearness to Christ.