Sunday, March 13, 2011

We Can, But We Won't

From: In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson

We who will get up and walk, or even run miles in the mornings, not to mention those of us who are not willing to wait for there to be enough light to see the bottom of the flag or for the frost to go away before we tee off; we who will haul ourselves through our neighborhoods in the dark to make sure that we have the box scores as quick as we can - for all kinds of reasons, including some good ones, I suppose, we will not, cannot, do not rise in the morning to greet the dawn with a song of praise on our lips, as did those who went before us.

We who will stay up late to watch the televised version of the news that we heard on our drive home at six, who will TiVo enough must-see television that we have to stay up late to keep up, who will not go to sleep without reading a novel, who will burn the candle at both ends and in the middle if we can figure out how to get it lit, will not end our days with praise and worship and confession and blessing.

We will not do these things in the name of love or discipline, devotion or worship. We will not even do it for selfish reasons, or even as a reliable way of self-actualization, to put it in its least-favorable context - which, in our Western American, twenty-first-century, self-help, and consumer-driven culture, is astonishing.

And if you believe the scholars and the media and the pundits who predict our increasing collective future irrelevance, then I am also a member of the generation that will preside over the death of the Church. There is a world out there that says that we - the Church united, divided, militant or otherwise - can do nothing to spread the gospel here on earth. Much less do anything to make each hour of the day or night any holier.

The witness of those who went before us is that we can. We just don't.


Jennifer Kirby said...


Jessica said...

There is a group of Christians 7 million strong that go door to door in 240 lands searching for interested persons and conducting in home bible studies to those who are show interest. They teach the same thing worldwide, there are no divisions in this Church. Locally this group spent over 2000 hours teaching and going to door looking for those with a sincere interest in the bible right here in Moore County. We are Jehovah's Witnesses.

Wonderful post and a great reminder of what we all were commanded to do by Jesus Christ himself.