After almost two weeks without a computer, I am delighted to have a computer back up and working, to be able to browse the ‘net for a view of Christian comment and some non-Christian comment too.
In the interim, I have seen some interesting things and heard some interesting things, and I have come to the conclusion that some folks are absolutely determined to believe that God does not exist. It does not matter to them that there is more evidence, from sources critical of and opposed to Christianity, that a man called Jesus, from Nazareth was crucified by the Romans and came back to life than there is for accepting that Julius Caesar conquered Britain or England anyway, for the Roman Republic as it was at the time. I suppose he was a prototype Dwight Eisenhower, a successful soldier who rose to the top in politics.
In the church we need people like this too. When I say “successful soldier” I am thinking of the person whose faith is so transparent and radiant that people who meet him or her keep asking “What have you got? Can I get some of that?” and who point the way to Jesus. They let the Holy Spirit convict and convert, and then get on with the Great commission that Jesus gave us, making disciples. To do that we need an authentic faith and we need to be honest. We do not need to know every last dotting of the i’s or crossing of the t’s, but we need to know the basics of our faith and have the courage to share those self-same basics with others. We can only tell those with whom we come into contact, which generally means people like ourselves. But I think it was Steve Chalke who explained the Great Commission as being to tell all subcultures, so the white middle-aged middle-class men need to tell other white middle-aged middle-class men, the mums with children in toddler groups need to tell other mums with kids in toddler groups, the Emos need to tell other Emos and the Goths need to tell other Goths.
This creates a problem, because Emos and Goths are generally in their teens and twenties, and the church has a demographic that is a bit thin on that sort of age group. Which means, if we are to reach them, we need to reach them through young people that we are in contact with, and that is mainly our teenaged and twenties children. And who better to tell you when you are being hypocritical than someone who lives with you. So it puts those of us who are parents under a responsibility to behave in such a way that we do not turn our children away from the Faith. As Cher sang, “If I Could Turn Back Time…”