In-Sight: Out of Place

     The biggest problem with Christianity is that it makes you “out of place.”  John the Baptist was out of place to tell the King he was an adulterer.  Jesus was out of place to tell the religious leaders they were white-washed tombs.  Peter and Paul were out of place to declare that God loved the Gentiles as much as the Jews.  The early Christians were out of place when they said “Jesus is Lord,” not Caesar. 
     The inbreaking of the Kingdom always puts us at odds with the existing kingdoms.  As the Bible puts it, our citizenship is in heaven, so we cannot sell our souls to any company store.  Consequently, the people who exist on image-making don’t know how to react when we are not impressed.  The ones who want to keep us under their thumbs don’t know what to do when we choose to be in God’s hands instead. 
     “Out of place” is our place, and it is never where the fallen world thinks we should be.  The most threatening people in the world are people who worship only God.  “Out of place,” but never more at home!

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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