I don’t mean to play the genius card here, but our economy is in trouble. The banks have given out too much money, people have spent too much money, and now we have to have our government (who has its own budgeting/spending/saving issues) bail us out. We have two presidential candidates that think they have the answer (I don’t think either does, but that’s another blog) and here we, the people, are trying to figure it all out.
What if this is all the fault of the Christian community?
Think about, if born-again Christians created culture rather than copy (sour) it, if we took care of the poor and needy, if lived financially responsible lives, if we took responsibility for loving all of those around us in every possible and appropriate way, what would be the state of things?
Since the Mayflower landed on Plymouth all those centuries ago, there has been a disconnect between potential and actuality. The Puritans saw the New World as having the potential to worship God openly and freely without harassament from the government. The Southern Gentlemen Planters saw an opportunity to own land, make a lot of money, and to expand their fortunes. The Revolutionaries saw hope in mankind’s ability to think for himself, to govern himself, and to defend freedom. Emerson and Thoreau saw the potential for individuality and uniqueness needed to disperse the social herd. And here were are, with shelves of history behind us, bankrupt, godless, fewer American freedoms than ever before, and a social train railroaded with materialism and consumerism.
Amongst all of this, the Church tries to legislate morality–does abortion really matter if a teenage mother is never shown the love and Gospel of Christ? Does prayer in school matter when those kids fighting for it refuse to build friendships with those outside the Christian faith? Is homosexuality a political issue where we have to look to old millionaires for a definitions? Are Christians trying to keep up with the Jones or are the Jones inspired to live differently because of the influence of their neighbors?
I burnd too many bridges in high school because of my religious rigidity. The good thing is it kept me out of quite a bit of trouble. The bad thing is, how many people are shunned from the Gospel because of my refusal to reach out a caring hand? Did I even know what that meant when I was a teen? (Probably not).
So here we are, faced with an adventure, and I have a choice to make: do I want to just worry about me or do I want to worry about my neighbors and their well being?
[Edit: It appears I need to finalize my thoughts, so here goes!]
So is the economic/politcal/cultural problem the fault of Christians? No. I think it’s the effect of a world that is breaking. Sentimentally, it would be nice to think that if all of us tried that much harder everything would be peachy keen. But then where would Christ fit into the picture? But whether or not the economy ever changes or gets better or goes away all together, Christians have the responsibility to be full of Christ’s flavor for the lives around us. People point enough fingers at us and I don’t want to pile on the proverberial bus. But I’d like to do better.