People are sacrificing themselves for evil and those called to be the light of the world are trying to preserve their lives and reputations. Hate, lust, greed and murder seem to be getting bolder while light bearers are increasingly afraid to step out of the boat.
Are we not hypocrites if we seek safety when the One who called us to follow Him, loved not His life unto death? Following Christ is totally unsafe, completely risky and unsettling to the present order including the religious.
The BBC documentary, Auschwitz gives a glimpse into the dedication, the planning, the thinking invested in creating a machinery of hate and slaughter. Watching it was as chilling as visiting one of the Rwandan genocide memorials where thousands of skulls are on display in the church where they were slaughtered, in a very religious country.
We have an enormous capacity for evil and are getting more extravagant about it. The Colorado shooting and the many others that have followed are extravagant displays of evil.
How can darkness be so audacious while light cowers? How can hate flourish as love flounders? These questions answer themselves. We restrain ourselves from doing good in small and big ways, at home and abroad. We remain in the safety of the boat when the caller said “all power in heaven and on earth has been given unto me.”
The safer zone is the danger zone.
Darkness is not the problem, light bearers are.
What stops us from creating systems of kindness where life, light and love are in the details? What keeps us from extravagant love? Where should love be excluded from if we follow Christ? From business, work? When and who should we refrain from loving? Who does Christ not love?
Hate seems more potent, greed seems more profitable and love seems weak and unprofitable only because we are in a tilted room. The reality is there is no real profit outside love. Love is infinitely creative and omnipotent. The reality is “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world” if Christ dwells in you.
The danger zone is the safer zone.