Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Priesthood of All Believers

Wasn't it great when we were kids and playing army (not very p.c. these days) and you were shot, that all you had to do was wait until a buddy tagged you, or you simply said "You missed me," and you got up and started playing again.

No one wants to feel left out of the game. Regardless of our talent or skills, we'd rather be in the game than watching. We'd rather take the chance and screw up than sitting on the sidelines and cheer. Yet, when it comes to the Christian faith, we do the opposite.

Instead of pursuing a dynamic call to be part of God's redemptive plan, we sit in the pew and cheer for those who appear to be living the call; never believing we have the same call.

One of my favorite lines in a movie is from Keeping the Faith, " We're (clergy) paid to live the kind of spiritual lives our people can't live for themselves." I love it because I hate the truth of it. I feel the pressure of it, and that is why I am compelled, yeah, propelled to change it.

We have all been called into the game.