I’ve been plowing through David Platt‘s book Radical this week. Holy Cow. Somewhere in chapter 6, entitled “American Wealth and a World of Poverty,” it struck me that I’m a pretty boring Christian. And I’m beginning to think that what keeps me boring just might be sinful.
Those attitudes usually surface when I’m alone. They’re the quiet under-the-breath asides that are meant for only one audience. In reading through Platt’s thoughts, another possibility has surfaced: What if these asides aren’t merely inner monologue, but divine dialogue? What if God is bringing things to light in my life that I want to keep hidden? And what if those things (“blindspots” as Platt calls them) are the tools that God will use to sanctify me? Sad thing is – for most of us, a God that wants us to be uncomfortable is probably a major paradigm shift.
Sad. Boring. And bored.
If you think about where to drawn the line between conservative, boring, and sinful, here’s some things that boring Christians (like me) often find themselves saying:
I can’t do everything, so I won’t do anything.
I’m just waiting for God to call me to ______ .
If I do ______, then I’ll lose ______ .
It’s just easier to stay where I am.
I’m not ready to ______ – but someday I hope that I will be.
But I can’t relate to those people.
I’m not sure what will happen. (or its cousin) What if it doesn’t work out?
What’ll happen to my (insert stability idol here) if I ______ .
I think it was Anne Lamott (always a good source for slightly controversial quotes) who said, “Grace will take you as you are, but will refuse to leave you that way.” And then there’s that nagging Brennan Manning reminder: “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians – who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, and then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbeliveable.”
It’s likely you’re too boring. What keeps you that way? Does it really all just boil down to fear? How has God made you aware of (and then hopefully worked with you to remove) your blindspots? P.S. If you haven’t bought this book yet, I think you should. It would be good.