For almost 5 months now I have lived in Sauble Beach and I've gotten accustomed to the small town atmosphere again. After a recent visit to Kitchener, I realized how much I did not miss the city (but I do miss the people there a lot). Now graduated from EBC, I am in the world attempting to fulfill the Great Commission. I admit I am failing (at least I think so). EBC, despite always being my home and my alma mater is a bubble; a bubble of fellow Christians unified together. Now bubbles are quite easy to pop. Being in a Christian bubble is healthy for a period of time, but being so confined to it you cannot function outside is borderline insanity. Since I did not grow up in a Christian home, I had the opportunity to be out in the world talking to non-believers. Sure, a lot of them did not like what I had to say and I eventually became silent. Yes, Jesus did say "I am the way, truth and life" but not everyone will believe it sadly, so we have to stop forcing the gospel message on reluctant people. Pray over them! So, working in a secular setting may have (it has) caused me to slip behaviorally but it has also allowed me to better relate to people. I can kind of see where/how/why people become so complacent, so broken and so defiant. I can also see why people are so sour towards the church. We have painted such a terrible picture of the true church (Body of believers, not some building where we gather). To them knowledge is subjective. How can we spread the truth of Christ to a generation that says that? Well, we plant the seed and we have to allow God to til the soil.
I am drawn again to 1 Corinthians 4:12-13: 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
We become the scum of the earth? Ow. That's harsh but that's how the world sees us.
Fix your eyes on Christ. Thinking of my past few months, I am ashamed of myself seeing where I failed socially and spiritually. As I wrote this, probably my favourite song of all time "Daylight" by Brave Saint Saturn (Five Iron Frenzy's side project) came on. The last stanza of the song is a hauntingly beautiful picture of the true redemtption and forgiveness found in the sacrfice of Christ. Salvation sealed, forgiven forever when we confess and believe Christ is Lord and nothing takes it away!
Here is the stanza:
Jesus Christ, Light of the World
You never did forget me
And when I bled in darkness, You held me
Still held me
When desperate nights I cursed You
You loved me, still loved me
Jesus Christ, You dry the tears
You break my heart of stone
Your words are life
Cut marrow through
The darkness, to the bone
A heart of flesh You gave me
Only You can save me
I am coming home.
Wow... just.. wow. I remember being in tears upon first hearing this masterpiece. Find it on youtube, trust me!
So there is a time where we need a Christian bubble and a time apart from it. Being away from it has drawn me to the utmost importance to find a community that worships God, believes in Christ and is theologically sound. I've found that in Sauble Christian Fellowship Church. Being out of the bubble allows us to be used by God to bring others in.