If there’s one thing I’ve come to realize about Americans, it is this
In God we do NOT trust!
Look around if you think I’m wrong.
Our cars have airbags and seat belts, we won’t get on a bike without a helmet, knee pads are a must for skating/skateboarding, there are handrails and guardrails everywhere.
We have burglar alarms, gated communities, metal detectors in our schools, and believe the world would be a better place if all the law-abiding citizens turned in their firearms (so only the bad guys would have them).
We avoid danger at all cost – and are insured up to our eyeballs to protect us from financial ruin should something ‘bad’ happen.
Look at the number of companies who exist simply because they’ve incited fear in us. Without their coverage, we feel naked and exposed.
We’ve become addicted to safety. No, let me go one step further and say that safety has become our idol.
Have you traveled by plane lately? What a pain in the neck. I used to travel for work, and I’m thankful that I’m not employed with them anymore because the hoops that one has to jump through to get on board are insane.
I actually had a guard pull a gun on me when I left the boarding area at the airport, walked half-way through the exit area, and then turned around to go get my boarding pass from my husband (which I forgot he was holding for me). Seriously?
We’ve passed countless laws to ensure our safety. How’s that working for us?
Sadly, followers of Jesus are often no different from the rest of the world.
One statement I’ve heard from many preachers is this: “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”
We treat God like some supernatural seat belt that’s supposed to keep us from injury –
– and then get angry with Him when He doesn’t ‘work’ right!
Have you read Hebrews 11 lately? You know, the “Hall of Faith.”
I like the part that reads, “who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weaknesses were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight, women received back their dead by resurrection…”
Umm hmm…sign me up!
But wait, there’s more:
“Others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins , in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill treated…wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.”
Either these folks slipped under God’s radar and He goofed up… or we have gotten off track somewhere along the way.
I don’t think the issue lies with God!
The apostle Paul understood this best, I think. Here’s his resume:
“In everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger…”
or this one:
“I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness,dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren, I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. (2 Corinthians 11:26-27)
Paul was one ‘In Danger-ed’ man!
Could it be that we find Christianity boring because we’re playing it safe?
Yeah, the ride could get bumpy, it might get a little sketchy here and there, but we would feel alive!
It is my desire to slide into home plate, worn out, used up and yelling “Woohoo! What a life!!”
Let’s give ourselves completely to God, unencumbered by our safety nets for “just in case” and take a walk on the wild side.
May we follow Jesus into the great unknown, willing to become the “In Danger-ed” generation and LIVE!
Life to the full, baby! Let’s have some fun!!