Daily Archives: August 21, 2003
As I sit and work at the computer, I can look out on the riverbank of the North Saskatchewan River. Right in front of our magnificant climbing tree is a gopher hole. The little creature has caused significant damage to the grass around his hole and since it has been so dry, where there was green grass, there is now a small mound of dirt.
Gophers are a bit of a plague in this part of the world. I remember one time as we were travelling, we stopped at Horseshoe Canyon just outside of Drumheller – in our badlands. A couple were there from Europe – feeding a gopher! You wouldn’t find any respectable farmer doing that!
But I am admiring the adaptability of these rodents. Here it is setting up house, so to speak, in a city, not out there on the open prarie where it belongs. It seems to be getting along quite well although I wonder if some of the neighbors wouldn’t like to poison it. I imagine another one would just move on in to the abandoned hole if that happened.
I guess their being so adaptable helps make them the plague that they are.
Just finished reading Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed because I agree with most of the stuff he says but how to work it out? Where do I fit ? What to do next? These are all questions I need to think about and talk over. So for now I’m back to re-reading parts of this book.
There is a whole big world out there – loved by God – but mostly avoided by those of us who call ourselves Christians. In fact we are so awkwardly out of our element that when we find ourselves in contact with the “world” – it’s needy people and their culture- we find that we can’t present Christ to them because we don’t even speak the same language. If we isolate ourselves from the world and the culture around us, we will be failing to carry out Gods mission for us on this earth. If we immerse ourselves into the culture around us then we have to be careful that it dosen’t overtake us. I guess we have to learn to walk a tightrope with God himself as our balancing pole.
We have to have ways of enriching our faith so that it grows into something strong – a light shining in the darkness – a beacon. Yet beacons are never put on the safe shores – just in the dangerous spots. Maybe there is a lesson for us there. If we are going to be any use as a beacon we have to be in a spot where there is danger and that is not likely inside a church or Christian community. On the other hand the community of faith needs to be there for us to support us in our faith and help us to keep those beacons glowing.
I find myself being more and more drawn to participate in the world around me – to be a fellow human being to my family and friends – to separate myself less rather than more. If I don’t I will lose significant contact with some people who are very dear to me, as well as friends, staff and more casual acquaintances. I need at the same time to remain true to my faith. And more than ever I know I want to pass on the importance of my faith to those I love the most – my kids. They will need God’s presence and a solid faith base as they head out into their culture using the gifts God has given them to make an impact on the world.