Rick at “Dry Creek Chronicles” is an eclectic blogger, meaning he writes about many different things, including his personal life and family. I like that… I’m not that kind of blogger – much – but I like it.
I was recently challenged by his post “Notes on faithful presence” on many levels.
First, many of us consider our lifestyle or life choices as special, unique, perhaps even better than everyone else’s choices. Obviously, we have good reasons for making the choices that we make, but did you know those choices may not be best for others?
Consider what Rick writes in this paragraph:
To me, faithful presence is an anti-movement, or perhaps a way of thinking that helps me avoid attachments to movements. I don’t care much for the terms “biblical agrarianism” or “Christian agrarianism” because I think they unnecessarily spiritualize a certain way of life. I think agrarian society is very good, of a sort that is closely in tune with God’s creation, but it is not in any sense Christian. Agrarianism benefits all people, Christian or otherwise. A Christian is able to drink more deeply of the goodness of agrarian life—but a Christian is able to drink more deeply of the goodness in any way of life, being more in tune with the Source of the goodness.
Then, when Rick gets to the part about “faithful presence,” it gets even gooder:
A good way to describe our current approach to life is faithful presence. We try to live a faithful life in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and to deal with everyone we meet in that way. We find simplicity a great aid in being able to live that way. But simplicity is not godliness, and godliness is not simplicity.
To me, when we accepted the call to faithful presence (long ago, and unknowingly), we chose to stop talking and studying about what a godly life is, and begin actually living one. Brothers and sisters are the Kingdom of God on earth, and we usher in the Kingdom to the extent that we live according to its precepts. We have learned in the living which precepts are vital and which are peripheral. And we have tried to do it peacefully and quietly, to avoid giving unnecessary offense.
Challenging words, Rick! “Stop talking and studying about what a godly life is, and begin actually living one.”
Yes, and amen.