Last Thursday, I had a powerful, genuine, moving spiritual experience, something I haven’t had for a long time. A small group of passionate people gathered together and sang and spoke over the injustices happening around us, and we mourned and raged at the lack of real, compassionate response. We celebrated a safe space for people of all ethnicities, political beliefs, genders, and sexual-orientations. Hope was offered that the tragedies of this life don’t have to continue. We mourned that Freddie Gray would’ve turned 13 that day had he not been killed. We talked about mental health issues and celebrated that people can find hope outside of their depression or bi-polar or schizophrenia. And at the end of the night, I and others like me left feeling like we could change the world. I felt on fire!
The problem is, I’m not so sure that the church in America is going to change the world because it does not have the courage to live like Christ over and against the way that popular Christianity is choosing to live.
In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus tells a parable of two builders, one who wisely chooses to build his house on a foundation that can withstand a strong storm, and the other who chooses to build his house on a weak foundation which will be destroyed by the wind and waves.
He uses this parable as the capstone of the entire Sermon on the Mount to say that it is the wise person who hears these words and founds his or her life on them by following them. Anything else will lead to destruction.
The question we are left with is, do we follow or not? It’s really a simple question, but our response carries immense repercussions.