I have so much and so many thing swirling around in my head right now, I don’t know if I can blog effectively. This is my third attempt this morning.
Perhaps this doesn’t happen to you, but sometimes when I am listening to someone speak, something he or she says makes several different connections in me; bringing together things I prior to that moment had not connected.
Someone said last week, referring to a time in his past when he was living large in the culture of Corporate America: “Of course I was already I was saved, but I wasn’t living it.”
I know what he meant: in that sense he explained himself very well. In the culture sub-culture of America, getting saved is what one does when one prays to accept Jesus as Savior. In traditional American Christian (or at least American Evangelical Christian) terms this means that the “saved” individual has now received the give of eternal life.
This “salvation experience” is a time of great joy. Tears are often shed, the scripture comes alive, the weight of sin is lifted from one’s shoulders. I recall my own experience around 30 years ago. It is a wonderful experience.
But what does the context, “…but I wasn’t’ living it” do to it? This is where the multiple connections were made in me as the speaker spoke.
Some of us Christians really want to get as many people to have one of these salvation experiences as possible.
I don’t think I am opposed to calling, inviting, encouraging people to have such an experience, but I am growing more strongly opposed every day to making such an experience the end-all, be-all of Christianity. I don’t recall Jesus, anywhere in any Gospel, inviting people down after a parable to accept him as their savior.
Church, if we are going to use the language of “saved,” can we please start living the kind of lives that Model the rest of Jesus’ promises?
Otherwise, talking about having gotten saved at some beautiful moment in the past will make as much sence as reflecting sentimentally on a wedding ceremony of a marriage which years since devolved into a cold, distant partnership.