On Tension

Up to this point there has been an undercurrent theme in these posts. We could call that theme “tension” (other words like “balance” or “discernment” could also be used).

Understanding that rooted and fruitful faith means living a life of tension sets the stage for future reflections on this blog.

When we embrace tension (both inwardly and outwardly) we begin on a journey that Jesus described as one with a narrow gate, followed by a difficult path. The reward though is a life that is full and robust. (Matthew 7:14)

How can we better define this lifestyle of tension? We need only look at the words of Jesus right before this. The definition He gives is the Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them”. This is indeed is a tension-filled command.  (Matthew 7:12)

Jesus described the alternative option (a life where we reject living in tension, and instead favor only ourselves) as a way with a wide gate and an easy road, but one that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13)

With the challenge of the Golden Rule on our mind, it is clear how easy this alternative lifestyle is, but why does this road lead to destruction? Because when we put ourselves against one another we also put ourselves against God and His Kingdom, and we are doomed to fail.

On this blog, we have so far reflected on the tensions around communication with one another, addressing discussion, language, and questioning. We have also looked at the tension between protest and reform, the tension between silence and speaking out, and the inescapable tension of time.

So, undoubtedly we will keep seeing this theme of tension, because it is what keeps us on the narrow path and creates an abundant life.

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