an “oxymoronic” life

Oxymoron…putting two seemingly contradictory words together to form a phrase.  It sounds crazy, but we use them all the time.  Government intelligence.  Clearly confused.  Pretty ugly.  Only choice.  Act naturally.  Awfully good.  By the way, the word oxymoron comes from oxy meaning sharp and moron meaning dull.  Oxymoron is an oxymoron!

Walking with Jesus in a very broken, messed up world often feels oxymoronic (I know…I just added a new word to the English language).  Think about it.  We have this amazing personal relationship with our Savior.  He lives within us bringing joy, peace, power, and love.

But we live out this Jesus life in a world of terrorism, racism, starvation, corruption, and the list goes on and on.  Two very contradictory things coming together to form one life.  Oxymoronic!

How do we handle this crazy contradiction?  Sometimes we’re yelling at the darkness.  Other times we find ourselves praying for God to take away all the troubles, heartache, and pain.  We long for God to fix this world and make it more comfortable for us.  Then we will feel more at home here.

What we forget is this world is not our home…

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.”  1 Peter 2:11 NIV

Foreigners.  Exiles.  We see images of “those people” on the news.  How could that be us?  We are Americans and we live in America!  God has a different perspective.  From His point of view, we are out of place.  Citizens of heaven living in a broken, sinful world.  Foreigners residing in a strange land.

Peter also described this foreign world as a war zone.   We’re under attack!  It’s bad enough being an exile in a strange country, but imagine living in a country at war.  What are our options?  Fight?  Flee?  Hide?  Blend in?

God calls us to take a very different approach…shine!

So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God” without fault in a warped and crooked generation.  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.  Philippians 2:15 NIV

Our world is broken.  It’s a dark place.  It’s time for those of us who follow Jesus to quit screaming at the darkness.   It’s also time for us to quit asking God to make this world more comfortable for us.   Instead, let’s shine with His light in the dark places this week.