Over the years people have struggled with the concept of spirituality being a stop sign, if you will, for bad stuff, and the concept that being a Christian means you’re protected from all of the bad stuff that goes on around us. But that’s just not the case. Christians deal with bad stuff, with disappointments, with job losses, with health crisis, with relationship failures, and with tough kids too. We’re not any less likely to experience the bad stuff than anyone else.
But somehow over the years we’ve gone from a fairly well-respected body of people in Jesus’ time to a group of people that others are suspicious of, make fun of and don’t hold in high regard. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that we’ve let the bad stuff get to us. I read this week in one of many inspiring emails I get that our “grievances hide the light of the world.” In other words, when we’re overcome by the bad stuff in the world the light of God can’t shine through us.
I’m always amazed by the fact that even though there are clouds in the sky the sun is still up there. I know, sounds kind of dumb right? I mean, of course the sun doesn’t disappear when there are clouds, it’s still up there even if we can’t see it. It is similar with our faith and relationship with God. When it gets covered up by the bad stuff in our lives, by the stuff that we allow to overwhelm us, we’re no longer able to be the amazing overcomers and respected people of Jesus’ time. We may or may not have less faith, but many of us have allowed the clouds to cover up who we truly are, and the person that God has made us to be.
“…you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9