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trust your week has been well. Until Tuesday I have been free from the Spring
allergy season. I am now more than sympathetic, I am empathic by experience.
When is the first freeze?
friend responded to a comment I made this week by asking, "Do fish know
when they are wet?" A curious reply to my statement I was thinking about
how we sometimes miss the ways in which we are influenced by the culture in
which we live – and occasionally rail against. Derrick's cute reply makes the
point. Often we become so used to "things" we rarely see we have in
fact adopted habits/practices we would otherwise eschew.
do have this precarious existence. Jesus is praying in John 17; evidently
overheard and recorded. In the midst of his praying Jesus points to the place
of the disciples – in the world. He also notes the worldly opposition to the
way of God. He concludes that he was not asking to take the disciples out of
the world but that they would understand they had been sent into the world as
He had been.
could say we go through stages in Christian history. We wrestle with just what
does in mean to be "in the world." On occasion the church/Church has
chosen something of a reclusive posture emphasizing the need to be
"unstained by the world." Other times the church/Church seems to be a
mirror image of the very culture in which is located in time and space.
Theologian H. Richard Niebuhr wrote Christ
and Culture offering five different approaches to living in the
world for Christians. Today this discussion is getting a fair bit of attention again.
coming into the world altered the way the world works. Once and for all grace
took human shape and form. Praying for the disciples and their "remaining
in the world" signals a connection with the mission of Jesus. Rather than
view the ascension as grace "leaving the world," Jesus bestows his
mission on his followers who now are to live and grace in human form in the
world. The world is not to be the same. Unfortunately we often pick up the
habits and practices of a world we often despise. Our traits and character fail
to exhibit the grace of Jesus and we miss living out the mission of God in the
you ways; how you live. Could it be said you are living grace in the world?