Safe Space Christianity?

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Moderation and balance are fairly easy to talk about but about as easy to put into practice as splitting the atom. As human beings we seem more gifted in letting the pendulum swing from one extreme to the other as opposed to finding that sweet spot of balance in the middle. It’s just in our genes, part of our sinful nature.

These days you can’t swing a dead Opossum without hitting someone who wants to create a “Safe Space” for some beleaguered, emotionally devastated group of (insert your cause here) folks. If you sense a bit of sarcasm and a dash of contempt, well you would be correct. Sorry, I was just raised by a different set of standards by a different set of folks.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NIV).

We can speak of the “good old days” with a bit of nostalgia that makes you think there weren’t issues to deal with like we do today. But that would be false, issues have been prevalent since the great “Eat the fruit, don’t eat the fruit” controversy in the original and only “Safe Space.”  Do you think Adam and Eve ever sat around the campfire talking about how good they had it before they let the Adversary talk them into a bad decision?

As parents we want to make sure our children are safe. It’s just a natural part of the parenting process. But at some point you realize that letting your children deal with adversity and, yes, even some pain at times is a good thing. It should be a learning experience to help them as they grow and mature. Again, finding a balance is critical. Too much one way or the other could be detrimental. Hence, the problem we are facing today.

It seems we have a generation of young people that can’t cope with adversity. If you can’t deal with adversity, how can you deal with life? Well the answer to that question seems to be creating a “Safe Space” so your feelings can be soothed with like-minded victims.

Now before someone feels the need to create a “Safe Space” from this email, I in no way condone violence, racism or abuse against anyone. As followers of Christ we should never tolerate that behavior against anyone. However, when you get your feelings hurt because the person you wanted to get elected didn’t because your side just lost or you didn’t vote or better yet, you aren’t eligible to vote then just, to borrow a phrase, “Suck it up Buttercup!”

Sorry, I just can’t muster empathy for someone who needs a “Safe Space” because the American Flag hurts their feelings or makes them feel bad. If I have to be subjected to the self-serving, hypocritical whining of the progressives then you can “tolerate” the Stars and Stripes. Why is it that those that preach tolerance are in actuality the most intolerant?

As followers of Christ, is there a “Safe Space” for us? I guess it depends on your definition of “Safe Space.” If you are looking for a place where you can gather with like-minded believers who require to be protected from any harm, whether by word or deed, then you are out of luck. And clearly delusional to what scripture tells us.

If you are looking for a place where you can be with like-minded believers who have a secure eternity and are willing and able to face any harm, whether by word or deed, that may come your way. Then, yes, there is a safe space for you. But be cautioned, it could cost you everything, up to and including your life. After all, it cost Jesus His life; why would we expect it to cost us less?

The foot of the Cross is the safest place for a follower of Christ. The Adversary has no power there. At the foot of the Cross, we are all equal; male or female, rich or poor, famous or anonymous, citizen or alien. At the foot of the Cross, death was defeated, sin was forgiven and love obliterated hate. Are we safe from hurtful words? No. Safe from physical harm? No.

In a sense, as Paul wrote, we should expect and be thankful when we are un-tolerated because of our faith in Christ. Today we should expect to be attacked for just going to church. Just ask Chip and Joanna Gaines. You don’t have to publically say anything, just by going to church you can be attacked. How ironic that the safest space a human being can be is the most dangerous place a human being can be: a follower of Christ at the foot of the Cross.

Who needs a “Safe Space” when we put on the Armor of God? Who needs a “Safe Space” when we are in the palm of the hand of the Creator of the Universe?

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” Revelation 3:10 (NIV).

As sure as the pendulum has swung to the “protect our feelings at any cost” side, it will surely swing back to the opposite side sometime in the future. What a shame, we can’t find the balance. The Cross reached out to those on the left just as far as it reached out to those on the right. It also reached down to the very dregs of society as well as it reached up to those who considered themselves the upper crust of society.

Truly being “safe” is an illusion. The Adversary roams and seeks to devour all. We can put alarms on our homes and possessions; we can put body armor on our children to ride a bike; we can have an air bag in every part of a car; cameras watch our every move literally everywhere we go; security personnel can guard every important place we can go; we can put security on our computers and cellphones; yet at the end of the day there are no guarantees of safety.

We can’t solve modern problems by going back in time. Retreating to the safety of the familiar is an understandable response, but God has called us to a life of faith. And faith requires us to face the unknown while trusting Him completely.”  Charles R. Swindoll

We must choose between pursuing “Safe Space” Christianity or “Self-Sacrificing” Faith. One is a lie, the other our only option. What are you pursuing?

Run to the Cross!
Hugh

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