Friday, 29 October 2010

Mostley Harmless

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Growing up I had clear view of what it meant to be a Christian – it meant to be a good person, a nice person, a good citizen. I have discovered that this idea of what a Christian should be like is a fairly common view both within regular committed Church attendees and people who want to express their view about what Christians should be.

To suggest that being a Christian is about being a nice person or good citizen means in my mind that Christians are meant to be people who conform.

This assumption means that Christianity is a lifestyle choice in which we all take an attitude of “don’t rock the boat”.

For me this sort of Christianity and people who act like such Christians reminds me of the indifferent words describing the planet earth in “The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” – it is “Mostly harmless”!

Is this what it is to do the will of God —what is good and acceptable and perfect? To be ‘mostly harmless’?

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