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The Journey

Mon Dec 24, 2007, 8:16 AM
A Christmas Wish for my fellow Christians here on DA...

It is said that our Christian life is like a journey. The Pilgrim’s Progress comes to mind. I don’t see a lot of "Progress” today in our American church/culture though. It seems that we have our “new car”, a “new creation”, for our journey, but the only time we take it out is on weekend when we go back to the dealership from which we purchased it. We sit through a weekly seminar and learn about our car’s features. We learn how to maintain our new car. We decorate our car with the latest in bumper stickers and dash ornaments. We learn all about how those other cars from those other dealerships aren’t as good. We are indoctrinated in all the proper responses to hazards on the road. If we are really advanced, we may even have actually talked to the On-Star people or used the on-board navigation aids. Some of us may even train to be mechanics and learn every detail of every little thing under the hood. Ultimately though, at the end of the day, we head home feeling content and smug in our new car that, when we die, can honestly be said to be in great condition because it was only used to go to church on the weekends. So much for the journey…..

You see, it is far to easy for those of us that know what eschatology is or how to spell “hermeneutics” to get caught up in sermons or lectures that are more about increasing our knowledge than changing our lives. We are comfortable in our lives. We come home from church feeling well fed and like we really got into the “meat” of things with a better understanding of propitiation, but head-learning has become the pablum of the modern-day Pharisees. We have become a generation that either doesn’t care at all, or one that is more of a “come and see” one than a “go and tell” one. We need to stop trading LIVING our Christianity for LEARNING our Christianity.

So, my hope for each of you, as we approach this holiday season and a new year, is that you journey farther and faster than you ever have. What’s the point of having a new car if it stays in the garage? My prayer for you in 2008 is that your “car” be seen by more people than ever and that more people are drawn to the Car Giver, the Ultimate Caregiver, than ever before.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

  • Listening to: Christmas Music
  • Watching: Holiday chick flicks with my daughter
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007

Let our lights shine & illuminate the wonder of being alive to appreciate It All.

She's a lady and loves a good man, even if he doesn't always include her in the human species.

Love your work.
akkamaddi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
I applaud your beautiful sentiments, and agree. Christians are not the only ones who forget the purpose of religion. I think that's a human condition, and part of our culture.

Merry Christmas, and Blessed Be!
xero-sama Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, another Christian!!! :w00t: Merry Christmas man!!
SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for your words! there are people close to me that would argue with what you have said here!
i let them argue and raise their blood pressure while i contemplate the history of my people and the future of my people! Native Americans are a diverse group of many people that have different ideas on what happened to our people so many years ago.
i was not there! nor were they.
i was not driven from my home nor forced to live on barren soil!~
my wish is that everyone be responsible for themselves and their actions.
i am not religious but i am spiritual
my grandmother always said "Christians go to church to talk about God, i go out in that field right there and talk to God"

have a wonderful peaceful season!

Light Ska Iktomi
Rozrr Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
As long as the light is shining for others and not self glorification, then let it shine.

Happy Christmas Daniel.
faded-ink Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Best wishes to you and yours, Daniel, both for Christmas and for the coming new year.
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December 24, 2007