I have in mind a long post, probably for tomorrow, responding to a series of posts on Richard Beck’s blog this week. But I wanted something brief for today and started poking around this blog for inspiration. I came across something I wrote six years ago, a sort of a preliminary to the long post.
Most Christians know they are called to behave a certain way, and many are doing their best to answer the call, but they don’t seem to be enjoying it one bit. They are not content, but they don’t know why, and constant exhortation from the pulpit to just be content isn’t making it any easier. They don’t yet have the answers. But I think the answers are out there. I think that Christian thinking actually works, and it’s completely fair for someone to point out to the teachers that they can’t be telling the whole story if a Christian who honestly and diligently applies these teachings doesn’t experience joy and contentment as a result.
There are answers. But until we figure out how to (a) live them in our own lives, and (b) teach others how to live them in theirs, we don’t really have them.
Seems like I’ve been thinking about this problem for a long time. I don’t know if I’m any closer to a solution, but it’s helpful to me to keep looking for organizing principles, core assumptions under which the pieces easily fall into place. One more candidate coming up!