Running Around in Circles with Everywhere To Go
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I will keep this short, and hopefully you get the point!
I used to regularly update an online journal called DanDantheGodman, which was a nickname given to me during my year working for McDonald’s. My tagline for this journal was “Running around in circles with everywhere to go.” I eventually used it on my MySpace page, as well (another thing I rarely ever think about let alone visit or update).
As a Christian, it occurred to me that it might not be the best tagline.
At the same time, it occurred to me that might be the best tagline to describe much of Western Christianity (though by no means all!)
Think about it for a moment:
The Church is supposed to fulfill the two-fold mission issued by our Lord.
- Go into the world making disciples and teaching them all the things He taught (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Promote justice and help those in need (Matthew 25:31-46, and Isaiah 58 is the most beautiful expression of this).
Yet, we see so many churches, congregations, and ministries that seem to promote taking care of ourselves more than taking care of others. Promoting this means they are teaching self-preservation and gratification rather than the things that Jesus taught.
In other words, many Christians in our culture are “running around in circles with everywhere to go.”
Put another way, many Christians are not putting their faith into action. They attend their churches, give donations and tithes, and attend small groups, but they rarely if ever teach the Word of God or reach out to non-Christians.
Are you running around in circles or stepping outside of your circle?
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
James 2:20-24, NIV