December 2, 2004 @ 10:46 pm by sean
In typography today Prof. Hughes mentioned a discussion he had with his wife about drugs, drinking and anonymous sex running rampant on college campuses. His wife said that probably happens here to, but Prof. Hughes disagreed. So he asked us today in class, and among the laughs, people said yes it does, it is just hidden better. It wasn’t a funny or hysterical laugh, but more of a your wrong kind of laugh. Then Prof. Hughes said we should have a discussion on campus or something to try to stop that kind of stuff. The replies that came were that the people who do that stuff don’t care and a discussion wouldn’t change anything, one just needs to live one’s own life as an example and not participate in those things. Although living one’s life as a witness is definately a great idea, did Jesus intend us to be this passive? A passive life example witness seems to be the most prevalent way Christians, at least of my generation, seem to live their lives.
There have been a few discussions in the last month or so about christian living, especially involving evangelism. Dave and I discussed whether or not seeker churches are really appropriate or even right. They might be an effective way to bring people in and for certain one would never mature if they stayed there, but is it really portraying an accurate Christianity? Is that how Jesus ministered? We also had a lunch table discussion one afternoon about offensive christians. Though I think we may have all agreed one shouldn’t attempt to offend people with and by their christianity, but one shouldn’t hide their christianity specifically to not offend someone. We decided that Jesus never explicately attempted to offend the pharisees, He just did because of how they were acting. But reading through Matthew were He gives the ‘7 woes’ against the pharisees, sometimes it does sound intentional.
I think this passive christianity is largely a result of christians with suburban attitudes. Christians living individual lives in subdivisions only leaving their house to drive somewhere and rarely interacting with people, have fully accepted the ‘don’t force anything on me and I won’t force anything on you’ mentallity. Forcing is definately no good, but we seem to have taken this so far that we don’t say anything and expect the way we live our lives to do all the witnessing for us. The obvious problem is that we live so individualistically that no one really sees the way we live our lives and all generations following suburban sprawl are forgetting or not learning how to interact with people. Interaction is a huge part of being a christian(including occasional conflict and confrontation), especially one that spreads the Gospel to all nations, including their neighborhood. Jesus was constantly interacting with people. We constantly avoid interactions with people. Even at an evangellical christian college where a majority of the student body claims to be a christian, not all of the people will so much as acknowledge someone as they pass on the sidewalk or hallway. If we aren’t interacting with eachother here, can any of us be expected to interact with non-christians?
I’m not accusing anyone in this, they are honest questions I don’t really have answers to and hopefully someone can provide me with some. How did Jesus minister, evangelize and live His life? And do our lives really reflect that? There is a world of damned people out there and the best thing we can come up with is “live my life and not do bad things and let that be an example. They can come to me when they see how holy I am.”? Living a life of avoiding bad only means one is doing good by default. That is quite an unfulfilled life. It’s the one I led for 20 years. Living a life following God means we won’t be doing wrong by default, and will be focused on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–…anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” As far as my feeble mind knows, God wants us to focus on doing His will, not just focus on not doing wrong.
Maybe carrying this on is making her life worse or hurting her more. Why didn’t I think of that before? Am I really any less selfish?