It Really Is That Big

It really is that big.

Christianity is nothing less than a new way of living in the world.  A new being.

The challenge is straightforward and maybe has been for all time.  As the famed World War II General Omar Bradly put it…

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. . . . Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

That “way” breaks through with surprise in the face of those challenges.

Clearly centered on love, it is a love that does not rest in a pleasant detachment but a love that instead rests in an active engagement.   It is a love that challenges our cherished, foundational allegiances, calling us again into new circles outside our own.  It is a love that comforts, not with the false peace of inactivity but with the more paced peace of wonder, gratitude, calm, service and perspective.

I know I certainly loose the bigness of Christianity at times.  As one author noted, we start out as Pastors trying to serve a church and find ourselves needing to be businessmen growing an enterprise.

And then inevitably the “bigness” returns.  Simple reminders that in Christianity lies a tremendous almost unspeakable blessing.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Matt. 11:28-30)

The bigness and the beauty … hand in hand!

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