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.