Christ Plays … no. 2

In the last post from Christ Plays in 10,000 Places I highlighted a myth that Peterson brings into clear focus. We too often think that the entire Christian life is about the Christian. We are involved to be sure. We are invited to be a part of it, anticipated even. However, the Christian life is about God, it is about Christ and we get in on it via what Peterson calls “prepositional-participation”.

Here is another great myth of American Christianity and one that I must confess I have completely bought into, propagated and now am in repentance over. It is the idea that Christian spirituality can or should be a quick fix. Eugene Peterson says:

This is slow work and cannot be hurried. It is also urgent work and can’t be procrastinated. Life is deteriorating around us at a rapid pace. Life at the center–Gospel life, kingdom life,–is being compromised, distorted, and degraded at an alarming rate. At the North American intersection, slow and urgent are not compatible, they cancel one another out. But in the Christian way, patience and urgency are yoked. Urgent as this is, there is no hurry. There cannot be any hurry. Impatience is antithetical to a congruent life.

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One comment

  1. freestyleroadtrip

    I think it is viewed as a quick fix because of the way we look at salvation. If you have not prayed “the prayer,” then you are out. If you have prayed “the prayer,” then you are in. So we then begin to look at our faith and the bible as just tools to land us in heaven. They are just a roadmap to heaven. Then we begin to think that the only point of this whole life is to get to the right place in the next life which leads to us not caring how we take of our bodies, the environment, each other, etc. If our faith is all about just jumping through certain hoops to be in the “saved” crowd, then how can it be seen as a gradual process? If you don’t hurry up and get through all the hoops, you are out, and that lands you in hell. There is no room in mainstream Christianity for it to be a gradual process. This is one of the reasons, among others, why I have found myself questioning if we are all saved by Christ’s work whether we realize it in this life or not. Maybe as CS Lewis suggests, we realize it just after this life is over. Now I feel like I’m rambling so I’ll stop.

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