Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Finding ourselves in him

Dan Edelen notes that Christians in the United States need to find ourselves in the Gospel story:

More and more, I realize we modern Christians . . . have distanced ourselves from the story of the Gospel. It’s not that we don’t know the Gospel enough to share it. Most of us do. Instead, our problem is our inability to see ourselves as a part of that story. . . .

We Christians today persist as an isolated, self-centered lot. Few of us see our individual lives as part of anything larger than ourselves, much less part of the narrative of God’s redemptive story. Yet our lives and what Jesus has done in them are no different than those of the patriarchs and saints of yore. The reality of Jesus Christ meeting Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus centuries ago is no more valid that Jesus Christ meeting you or me on our own figurative Damascus road. We have our own Gospel story to tell, our own encounter with the Lord of the Universe, and our story matters to God as much as Saul of Tarsus’s does.

Because we have forgotten this, we have forfeited an important piece of what we share with the lost.

Sad but, I'm afraid, true. But let's pray it's correctable.


Blogger Roland E Bouchard said...

You Post an interesting 'challenge" re: "... our inability to see ourselves as a part of that story..." (as contained in the Holy Gospels) to say the very least.

In my case, I focused in on the trial, -there, like a potted plant of poison ivy, appeared one Jesus Barabbas, as if from out of nowhere, said nothing whatsoever to anyone (nobody said anything to him), is incongruently released (because of a 'custom' -never before or since exercised) and, simply 'disappears'... never to be heard of or from ever again.

10:51 AM, October 30, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

The Gospel writers say so little about Barabbas, I think, because he is a type of every Christian: set free because Jesus was not.

In other words, focus on Barabbas, too, because I am he.

Thanks for reading and commenting. You're always welcome here.

6:38 PM, October 30, 2008  

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