It's a day for visions. Politicians have their visions. Protestors in the street have their visions. Underneath rumbles a rising anger that our newly-elected president has the wrong vision. That he is leading us into chaos and international conflicts.
What is being disturbed is a secular humanism come down from the Enlightenment, that sees humankind as sufficient for all things, that emphasizes the rights of individuals with each us the center of our universe. So, what I want for me is best. It's a morality of my own.
More and more, we have separated ourselves from the great carrying institutions. Particularly of the church. The idea of following the will of someone outside ourselves, who claims our utter loyalty, our absolute obedience and devotion.
We who are Christians seem to have forgotten the call to the Lord who tasks everything. Who says, "I have a new commandment for you: love one another." And then says, "I have called you friends...you are my friends if you obey me. And remember, you didn't choose Me, I chose you." He calls us to live out His Way, and His Will--not ours.
His demand seems impossible. And yet, it is the way of freedom and utter obedience to Him that frees us from all the lesser loyalties of the world. He promises power to us, if we follow Him. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life...and the truth will make you free."
His wonderful invitation to us is to live a PILGRIM LIFE with HIM. To be His followers. To go on the great journey of life with Him. To follow Him where He leads us to be, in the best sense, a Pilgrim, a journeyer, a follower. And particularly in our day, Pilgrim people - out on the adventure of life with Jesus. To take chances with Him. To take risks. To choose the humble way. To follow when He leads - remembering our lives are in His hands. That He is in charge. That He knows the way and will show it to us. And that we don't need to be afraid.
It is an exciting commitment. It's a brave way to live - for His highway, of serving. A life for others, not us.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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