Our associate and I just finished a series of messages – the goal was to instruct and encourage people to have the courage to talk about faith. Frankly, we church people are scared to share why we believe in God, his Son and the Holy Spirit. You can visit just about every coffee shop or Panera’s in my town and you will run into 2 or more pastor’s hanging out and working. I’m one of them. But you don’t necessarily find us engaged in faith conversations either.
And yet they are happening all around us! People are struggling, questioning, skeptical, and searching – they want someone to listen and respond.
The intersections that we need to navigate are the places where God’s story, our story, and our neighbors collide. Listening Christians (to both God and their neighbor) should be able to respond with something from God’s story and their own experience of change in order to speak hope into their neighbor’s situation. It takes knowing God’s story and how it addresses all the different experiences of humanity. There is truly nothing new under the sun – God’s story speaks about all of human experience and it can speak into ours. But we also have to know how God has spoken into our own lives – what difference has God made in your life? What is your before and after story? And now for the tough part.
Being silent – it does not means that we avoid the topic – it means that we need to be active listeners. We need to have our ears open to hear the brokenness people are dealing with and in the right “Spirit-led” moment have the courage to jump into the intersection.
I’m looking for those opportunities, these intersections hoping that I get run over by someone who is desperately seeking hope. Let me invite you to do the same.
Blessings for the journey.