Saturday, February 05, 2011

More on Christian Ambition

Nanci quoted it, and I'm going to as well. The blogger is Dirty Shame (great name for a blog, by the way), the post is Apologia:
I was raised a pastor's son, spent quite some time in my father's footsteps, and have lived the last few years, still credentialed, but off to the side. This is what I see - roadkill, the Church is strewn with it, the air acrid, the ground stained. But we just keep on truckin', pursuing the visions in our own heads, barreling down the highway in our pink cadillacs of missional love, forgetting what lies behind, no turning back, no turning back. Everyone seems heavenbent on being part of a movement, if not leading one. I'm sure they're out there, but I can't hear a single voice interested in a stop-and-back-up-ment, maybe a pull-over-on-the-shoulder-ment. If we just keep moving the cries are muffled, hardly a whisper. We've got places to go, busy, busy, busy.
This touches on what I wrote the other day concerning Christian ambition. We have a tendency to honor personal ambition--just like the culture--as long as it has a "missional" sheen to it. I know plenty of people who try to hitch these two--ambition and mission--and hope that the kingdom is served as well as the ego. In other words, hope that we can serve God and be "successful" (in the commonplace sense of that word) at the same time. But it seems to me the early disciples gave up ambition for mission. They didn't try to serve both at once. In no way were anyone of them a success-story, a model of the can-do spirit, etc.

Just thinking out loud here.

2 comments:

Glynn said...

We do a lot of things just like the culture - ambition, celebrity, leadership, the arts. It's as if we separate ourselves from the culture but carry a lot of the culture's baggage with us, instead of being salt and light in the culture.

Good post, Bob.

nance marie said...

i liked that post. especially the stop-and-back-up-ment.

i also like what you have added here about the disciples.