What’s a girl to do, when she’s been tossed through the Looking Glass? That’s a question that all of us are asking ourselves lately, as we look around our world and shake our heads in disbelief. If you explained half of what’s going on in the news lately to a 5yo, they would scoff.
What makes things worse is that the inhabitants of this world insist that everything is right and normal and proper. Trying to communicate to them is an exercise in futility – at least in aggregate.
A lot of Christians believe that the duty of the Church is to perfect the world, to force the secular outside to conform to our norms and morals. I respect that, because I would much rather live in a world where normal was normal again. (And yes, I vote my conscience every chance I get).
But I don’t think this is the season for that – and I think we’re going about it all wrong. We’re trying to be a team, and get our team to win. But the Bible doesn’t describe Christendom as a team, the Word describes us as a *family* – a family full of adoptees, each and every one of us. Families often do become more influential and start running things, but that’s not the first concern *of* a family.
The family of Christ in particular is charged with disseminating the Gospel and creating disciples. In other words, we’re supposed to tell people how awesome our Father is, and invite them to join us. We want more members of the family!
And that means individuals working with individuals, because families grow one person at a time.
What do you suppose would happen to our influence if every member of our family acted like they wanted to do the Father proud? What do you suppose would happen to our influence, if every member of our family started treating non-family members as potential siblings, not as enemies? What do you suppose would happen if all the family stopped expecting those who aren’t members of the family to act like family members?
This world is swallowing insanity after insanity with a speed that leaves anyone who looks at it nauseous. But this world doesn’t have the Truth. How can they know any truth without The Truth? Are they protected against “strong delusion” without the Shield? No. No. They’re to be pitied, they’re to be helped. And there is *no* help, no solution that doesn’t start with Jesus. We, the family, no longer have the luxury of believing that nice is enough. It’s not.
I don’t think anyone can argue – we’re through the Looking Glass. So, now what? We can’t go back, we can only go forward. What are we going to do with the lives He has given us?
How many can we bring the Truth to, before we go Home?