A picture recently came across my Facebook newsfeed. It said, “Does anyone want to just give up on society and go live in a treehouse with me?”
I completely understand the tongue-in-cheek sentiment of the idea. As Christians we look at the direction that our world seems to be headed, and we sometimes do wish that we could just hole away somewhere in a compound where we don’t have to deal with the culture that clashes with our biblical worldview. Some days we really do long for a way to isolate ourselves, and honestly, we often do a pretty good job of doing just that.
We don’t mix much with people who don’t think and talk and act like us. We stick to our church world and our Christian culture and we give up on trying to reach out to a lost and dying world. We tend to think in terms of our own outrage or the ways that the world offends us instead of thinking of the real souls that are in danger all around us.
It’s so easy, in America, to write off society and get mad and get political. But, the truth is that we are often much more interested in earthly kingdoms than in the kingdom of God and His purposes.
The Great Commission seems like a distant goal in light of Planned Parenthood and gay marriage and persecuted Christians and all of the other things that worry us and make us want to build a secret hideaway.
But, today Chad and I are at the Send North America conference in Nashville. A whole bunch of Southern Baptist Christians are about to get together to figure out the very best ways to fulfill the Great Commission, and I’m pretty sure none of those ways is going to involve building a compound to run away to. More to come!
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14