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Christian Life – A Reflection

May 25, 2020

Christian life has been challenged in years, decades, and centuries past. From the early church’s persecution to the East/West schism and from the Reformation to the splintering of denominations over a variety of issues she has still managed to remain and be relevant. Not only has the church remained relevant, she has continued to nurture faith, fellowship, and service.

Despite the politicization of religion in this nation and around the world, the Spirit is still at work challenging us to live and love and spread the love, peace, and justice of God for ALL. We are facing another challenge which seems to be shaking the organized church to its core. With social isolation for the good of all, especially the most vulnerable, we have had to figure out how to be “the church” in new ways.

As I watch the growing impatience to “get back to normal” my heart aches. Christianity and the church is so much more than a building. In my heart I know that it isn’t about “getting back to normal,” but rather it is about being Christ-followers in new circumstances. Jesus didn’t start a movement from a building. The early Christians worshipped in catacombs or in secret at believers homes. John Wesley preached in fields and even on his own father’s grave in the beginning of the Wesleyan movement. It’s not about a building, it is about living a life of faith and witness.

Being a Christ-follower is truly about living the command to love God and love one another as Jesus taught. Yes, that even meant loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you. It is the call of the prophet Micah to Do Justice, Love Mercy/Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God. The funny thing is that we don’t need a building to do that. We don’t need the “good old days” to return so we can be Christ-followers. Instead we are called to, in the words of a Franciscan Chaplain friend of mine, bloom where we are planted.

We are called to move inwardly where we can be taught and transformed by the Spirit. Then we are called to move outwardly to share the message of Love and Peace with others. Thomas Merton struggled with the call to silence and contemplation while at the same time feeling called to speak out and be a part of the process of challenging the world with God’s radical message of peace. He said the following in the collection of his essays that was published after his death.

All Christian life is meant to be at the same time profoundly contemplative and rich in active work. — Love and Living, p. 159

I believe that we are being called to that inward contemplation in order to be active in the rich work that he calls us to do. In that mixture of contemplation and action, we will find our purpose and our calling as the Spirit leads us forward.

9 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on Anniegoose's Blog and commented:
    Another powerful message.

  2. Rita permalink

    Thank you for once again providing a challenging message.🙏

  3. Rita permalink

    Thank you once again for providing a challenging message🙏

  4. Reblogged this on Words of Joy and commented:
    A really important message from my wise, inspiring friend, Pastor Michael Moore. It would be good for us to take this to heart in our walk of life and faith. It describes the place where inward contemplation and action join hands, and we learn how to be church without walls. Thank you, Brother! ❤

    • Thank you! ❤️❤️

      • My pleasure, Michael! Your time spent reading and researching Thomas Merton is bearing beautiful fruit in how you reflect and write. This post was so good I just had to share with my readers! 😉💜

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