So I know I am interrupting my regular timeframe of posting new blogs (if you can consider 3 times a regular flow??). But I believe I have some writer’s prerogative going here. I am taking advantage of that simply to clarify the direction I have taken with the first 3 blogs (and am really surprised no one checked me on that… I know you were all just too kind to point it out to me).
So here goes!! Why in the world start with 3 posts that basically dealt with life and death stuff? Especially considering I started by describing what I was hoping to do with this blog. In that original blog I addressed the issue of the river moving!!
(if you started from that first one you might have remembered this picture).
This picture was used to represent how the church is responding to the changing times, and unfortunately too often it looks like this bridge and that river. The church is to act as that bridge to the lost and wandering. So, again, why talk about life and death in my first 3 posts??
So I just wanted to maybe clarify… maybe just simply bring this before you from more of this angle to see what you might think. Not only how is the church doing but what might be some better approaches to get that bridge to address this river issue?
It seems that this life/death and security thing first is pretty important!! But it also seems as if it is approached in different ways from either side of the river. In a time when it certainly seems like a heightened issue in our culture (mass murders, terrorists, immigration, and even the threat of nuclear war presenting itself again) how does the church address this? Do we join the let’s find better ways to defend ourselves from these threats on our own approach (arm ourselves, arm our teachers, armed guards at churches, lock our borders etc…)? Or might we have a way to bridge that issue in the way we talk about it, and how we live in these times where the river has moved?
I believe I have spoken to that in my previous posts on this… but still maybe didn’t make it clear as to why and what it really has to do with that bridge that we need to get back into the game of being a bridge. This river moving actually may be giving us an opportunity, an open door if you will, if we only more and more realize the importance that our message carries (as it has throughout the ages). Maybe, with more threats and persecution coming our way, maybe the urgency of relocating that bridge so it does what it is supposed to do will become more of a reality.
What do you think?
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!
Psalm 91: 14 – 16
Thanks for allowing me to interrupt!!