Christians can be crazy stupid.
There are many examples. Trust me. I could talk about old people like me all day and never run out of material. But, I think I’ll pick on college students, Bible School students in particular. They’re young and I love them. They can handle it. And, if they can’t, well, they have a lifetime to work through it in Bible-based therapy.
Case in point – I’m employed at a Bible college in British Columbia. Young adults sign up of their own free will to learn more about God. Theology. Homiletics, Hermeneutics and stuff like that.
The Bible school part, that ‘s not crazy. No way. It’s deep and rich. Sacred and profound.
What’s crazy are the attitudes that break out about half way through each semester. Here’s a list for your perusal.
- This assignment is stupid. I’m not going to do it. – No you are stupid for making payments for courses that you refuse to make the most of. You ARE the one who signed up, you know.
- People just don’t understand how hard it is for me to follow the rules. I need to everyone just to lighten up. – No, you need to go back to kindergarten and let your teacher tell you how to behave every minute of every day. Sure, it’s a little boring at your age, but you’ll not get into so much trouble and the assignments are much easier.
- I don’t have time for homework because I have to minister to so many needy classmates– Sounds like somebody’s majoring in burn-out and possibly suffering from I’ve-got-the-whole-world-in-my-hand (and I sure hope I don’t drop it) syndrome. Like God couldn’t quite keep it all together until you came along.
I know what you’re thinking. How did I manage to be such an expert of the petulant theological guru. I’m certainly no one’s theological superior. My own siblings had to be bribed to sit at my feet while I shared all I knew about life.
It was a short session.
But, I do know how to be petulant. Whining and complaining about the blessings I have. The hard work. The time commitment. The uncertainty. The burden that great privileges turn out to be.
A famous superhero once said “With great power comes great responsibility”. It was a quote from his uncle Ben. Yeah, I know they are fictional characters. But, truth is truth.
Privilege also comes with great responsibility.
I’m not just talking about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I’m talking about
- growing up in a loving home where parents sacrifice for their children’s futures.
- being in a marriage where there is respect and honor.
- being part of a community of believers who care for each other.
- waking up each morning to the overwhelming realization that your loving Father has given you one more day on planet earth.
These are blessings that sometimes end up being perceived as hardship.
Now, that’s crazy.
When life gets tough, instead of rolling your eyes, roll up your sleeves. Get a hold of the good in your own life -not the life you wished you had. Face opportunity head on and don’t back off just because you work up a sweat or shed some tears.
Your life – it’s God’s gift to you.
Open up that gift. Every. Single. Day.