I have no wish, desire, or need to draw any more attention to the recent happenings in the faith-blogosphere in internetdom. If you caught whiff of it, it was enough, and if you were in the unfortunate position of being a blogger yourself who is used to having people look at you for what to tweet and retweet next, well, even worse. I learned my lesson with KONY 2012—acts of division among the body are not my cup of tea, no matter what’s in the water.
I sent a draft of a post of political nature to a blogger friend last week along with the question: should I post this? It wasn’t the post itself, though, that made him warn me against posting it, but the subject: “People don’t come to Sayable for this, they come for grace, for encouragement, and for the gospel.” Or something along those lines. I deleted the draft and went on my merry way. In college a creative writing prof quoted William Faulkner in our class saying everyone needed to “learn to murder their darlings in their writing, and for pete’s sake, Lore, would you quit murdering your darlings?” I’ve never been too married to my words.
But if there is one thing that these sort of hurricanes in the blogosphere teach me, it is that we maybe ought to perhaps at least divorce our darlings, sit down quietly, and let the Holy Spirit do what he does best—namely, to teach and guide his habitats into all truth (John 14).
So I’ve been thinking about humility this week, how low can we go, and all that.
John said, “He must increase, I must decrease.” And Paul determined to “boast nothing but the cross.” And I think we could learn a bit more from these apostolic fathers.
At the root of pride is the feeling that we have the corner on the market (or theology, or politic, or semantic), and the price of meat is just going to keep on rising. We feel, in error, that if we do not guard this piece of the pie with everything our mamas gave us, the whole world will go without pie. And what a pity that would be.
But the cross? The cross levels it. It somehow levels the misapplied doctrine, the faulty readings of scripture, and the sinner who can’t stop sinning. We don’t like to say this because we don’t like to murder our darlings. We don’t like to cross out the possibility that upon this doctrine He will build His church. But the truth is He’s building His church and He’s invited you and me to come along—pick up the bricks and slather the mortar. He’s building it with or without us.
He’s building it of people who know the only way to be first is to be last. He’s building it of people who know the difference between close-handed and open-handed theologies. He’s building it of people who will reach out to the least of these (even when the least of these thinks they’re the greatest of these). He’s building it of the little people, and dare I say, the little bloggers and tweeters and facebookers who think more than twice about stamping their feet, calling foul, and jumping on bandwagons, or defending their ilk with wit, sarcasm, and theology.
So maybe you didn’t weigh in this week or maybe you never weigh in or maybe you were hanging laundry, shuffling littles, and clocking in at work this week and never caught a whiff of anything amiss. Whoever you are and wherever, He’s building His church and He’s looking for the lowly and humble to come along with Him.
He’s looking for people willing to die on no mountain but the one on which cross stood tall and offered all: righteousness in Christ alone.