We have decided that we will be teaching and preaching through the Lord’s Prayer during Lent. To help me prepare for this I began reading Lord, Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer & the Chirstian Life by Willimon and Hauerwas this morning.
Though I am very familiar with both Willimon and Hauerwas’s writings and thought, I started with the introduction anyway. Here’s an interesting bit I read in the introduction:
We have nothing against your life being more meaningful, but that is not primarily what the Christian faith is about. Rather, to be Christian is to have been drafted to be part of an adventure, a journey called God’s Kingdom.
In the midst of so much talk about Christianity being about finding meaning, it is refreshing to see it put in a larger context. Christianity really isn’t about (primarily) you and I finding meaning, or even about offering it to others so that they can find meaning. It is,. first and foremost, about learning to live in the Kingdom of God, which, Jesus said almost 2000 years ago, already among us.
Do you think the world is ready to listen to the Good News that isn’t about them finding meaning?