I often find myself having to re-focus. Not unlike the navy commander who went up to the bridge of his ship every morning and pulled a piece of paper out of a little box, read it, and the refolded it and put it back in. After several years someone finally had the nerve to ask him what it said. “port is left, starboard is right”.
That’s one of those stories that you hope is true.
I get to write about a lot of things from bike paths in small towns to world cultural/political issues. As I was talking with a couple of colleagues this morning about all of the things going on in the world I began thinking about how Christianity could make the world a better place—if only Christians would focus on Christianity and not all of the ornamentation we’ve added on.
The average person, in the U.S. anyway, views Christians primarily as judgmental, hypocritical, shallow, ignorant, narrow-minded, anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-Obama, anti-Obamacare, anti-this, anti-that irritants. And largely I think that’s pretty accurate. And who’d want to be like these?
Sadly, extremely few people see anything about God or salvation. Or, for that matter, love or peace.
If only people could see Christianity as Christ intended, what a better world this would be.
And therein lay my mistake. All of the things that I research and write about, all of the things that irritate me throughout my day, all of the things that concern me about our world or community or neighborhood or future, in the overall scheme of things, don’t really matter.
Perhaps I need a slip of paper to read every morning with one simple word—God.