“We fear excess, so we embrace mediocrity and call it balance… When it comes to our faith and our testimony, we mustn’t downplay, soft-pedal or sidestep the very things God has given us that make us distinctive. If we do, people will be disappointed and go elsewhere. The disciples didn’t blend in with the crowd; their message and the demonstration of its power made them stand out”. (The Word for Today)
Although this article was titled “Challenges for the church …”, I found the words “we embrace mediocrity and call it balance”, pointing at me.
The text goes on to say that “our need to be liked and to be popular can lead to a religious spirit that cripples risk-taking and faith-walking.”
In the name of “balance,” my faith is centered around doing my best not to say or do anything that might put others off. Blending my faith journey into the every-day, for every-one.
What if I say the wrong thing or it sounds airy-fairy?
What if my words lead them away from God?
And … what if they reject me?
The words “…people will be disappointed and go elsewhere” hang heavy.
How many times have I listened to a friend, and then later at home privately prayed for her? Would our conversation have had more depth and meaning, if instead, I had asked her if I could pray for her, there and then? Would it be as awkward and unwelcome as I fear?
“Balance” aside – this is a risk I need to start taking.