"All men die -but not all men really live."
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Living to Die
Have you ever seen the movie, Braveheart? It is one of my favorite movies of all time. On the front cover of the DVD, there is a powerful statement that is really challenging for me.Sadly, many churches do not embrace the above sentiment held my Mr. Wallance. Many churches are oblivious to the fact that they are to be change agents but instead have become stagnet in a world of constant flux. Irwin McManus agrees with this sentiment as he writes, "The real tragety is not that churches are dying but that churches have lost their reason to live." The Apostle Paul spurrs on the church in Rome when he writes in Romans 13:12, "The night is almost over and the day is at hand. Let us stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up weapons for fighting in the light." All profound theology aside, I think the essence of this verse is one of urgancy. We can all tell when daylight is about to end and the night sky is approaching. It happens mysteriously and wonderfuly everynight. We have created a world so that when it gets dark, we can still function as regular people with no problems. Our cars have lights, our houses have spot lights and so on. Q: What if the electricity went out and it was just, you know, dark? That would be scary, just you and the moon light. I bet you would take more steps to prepare for the night than you do now. This is how Paul wants us as Christians to act. Urgancy is something the church has to wake up to if it wants to impact the next generation. We have the greatest message on earth to share, let us seek the means to do so with urgancy and honor Christ.