Saturday, March 10, 2012

Face time






  "Graduates were spread throughout the fleet, carrying the gospel. USN kill ratios increased to 12:1."



 When I read that line, I realised how different the standard we carry as Christians for instructors, pastors, evangelists, teachers than do certain real world learning situations. I can't blame it on liberal post-modernism either, as the Church has been struggling with it in every age. We are too willing to accord wisdom and status to those who are willing to accept it, when if the gospel is to be advanced those who have had serious face time with God and accepted his pedagogy in practice are to be sought.





"Graduates were spread throughout the fleet, carrying the gospel. USN kill ratios increased to 12:1."






What is it about us that does not get that kind of results? Paul had a very hard time of it when he preached to the comfortable and educated, yet he had some seriously wealthy sponsors who helped him in every town. All the churches had trouble, but it's difficult to go thru Acts and find a group that wasn't steadily increasing. It isn't the money that bothers me, it's the lack of effect. Jesus IS the Truth, he said so himself. If we are as much of the Way as Navy fighter pilots are fighter pilots, something about how we frame and understand the world should be completely different than it is now. Something is off and I'm not satisfied with the explanations given to date.

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I would like to say something about Lex, but I still can't. Having written one sentence with his callsign in it, I have tears streaming down my face again. He gave us face time in his written words and somehow we felt it, knew it, and our world was affected by him in a way that his absence causes genuine pain. Right now more words do not help.