The Comfort of Distance

It’s easy to care and be concerned for someone from a distance.
It’s seems like that’s what we do best in our Christian lives.
We love God from a distance, because when we know that we allow ourselves to come too close to God, we can’t help but leave changed and altered. Even, maybe with a limp (Gen 32:31).

It’s dangerous to be at a distance (well, I guess I can say that it’s dangerous to be up close with God too.)
But, this distance, I feel produces more of a trendy type of Christianity.
We tackle justice as a trend, as a fad. This one month, we’ll tackle this injustice by sending money over here. Now that we’re done with that, there’s this issue, let’s go send money over there.
Oh, how about this issue? Let’s collect money and send them that.
Please, don’t get me wrong, that’s not bad. We’re helping. We’re really helping this people… but from afar.
There’s not that much transformation that can happen when we try to love at a distance.
It keeps us safe and our hands cleaner than say being in the middle and midst of the injustice of poverty and started to get to know people by name.
Shane Claiborne wrote that it’s  easy to stand up in front of a podium and be a voice for the voiceless. But what we really need is more people to be involved and be the voice with the voiceless.

We are called to transform the community by making disciples. But, how much transformation can there be if we are not involved in the community?
Sending money is great, but it can only do so much…

Let’s get involved and our hands dirty and live dangerously close to God.
As Mother Teresa said, don’t do great things, but small things with great love.

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