There have been several times in the past week that I’ve sat down to blog about a particular topic, but I just don’t feel like my thoughts are fully together. I have several things that are swirling around in my head, but either they’re not fully formed or I just don’t have the energy to write about it right now. But I guess the good part of that is that I feel like I am processing through several things right now, mostly things that I’m learning from reading Jesus for President. (which is quickly becoming one of the best books I’ve ever read, I might add)
Here are a few of the things I’ve been thinking of and questions I’m asking myself:
*What are the ways that we are so shaped by our culture that we ignore the teachings of Jesus and see them as irrelevant and impractical to certain situations?
*What is the Church’s proper reaction to evil in the world? If we let ourselves be guided by the teachings of Jesus, how might our involvement look radically different than it does now?
*Given that a Christian soldier is asked every day to choose between his allegiance to his country and Jesus’ commands to love his enemy and not live by the sword, what is the proper stance of the Christian toward military involvement? (Taking into consideration that the early Church refused any military service whatsoever on the grounds that it necessitated a compromise in allegiance to Christ and required violence.)
*What are the areas in my life that I have not followed the words of Christ to the extent that He meant them because I don’t take them seriously enough and/or I’d rather go by my culture’s teachings?
*What are the ways that we unknowingly instill in our children a gospel of moralism based-on performance and right actions rather than a gospel of grace? As most of the people I know are undoing in their adulthood the paradigm that was given to them in their childhood, how can I avoid altogether teaching Evelyne to rate her spiritual success according to how obedient or good she is?
*Should Christians watch violent movies? (more thoughts on that later)
*What are the ways that we are perpetuating injustice, poverty, and violence through our purchasing power at our local stores? What would it look like to withdraw from participation in an economy of injustice? (wow, I seriously have no idea at that one!)
I’m trying to come at these questions from a place of looking at what it means to follow Christ within our culture and without assimilating its compromising views and teachings. I’m trying to break away from what I’ve always been told that a typical American Christian believes on these things…because I’m coming to a place where I find those same answers to not be as Christian as they are American. So I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, but no offense, I’m not so interested in hearing the expected formatted answers that I’ve always heard. I’m not interested in just war theory or Old Testament examples on war and child-rearing. I’m interested in what it means to see the words of Jesus as basis for our life in a new kingdom as a new humanity with our identity as the Church first and foremost. I’m sure I’ll write about these things in more detail later, but for now, any ideas?