Sitting around chanting “Kumbaya” while passing existential weed wrapped in bible paper is apparently how some think the church should “be.”
In essence, the thought is that Christians should be “doing” less and “being” more. It sort of a self deafeating proposition when you think about it. Encouraging others to simply “be,” requires action, or at least a shift in current action to some sort of non-action, which, is an action in and of itself.
It’s as if “Abiding in Christ” (John 15:4) were a passive thing.
Mankind, in general, but more specifically the church, lives and moves and ‘has’ its being or existence in God. To be fully human and fully Christian exhibits, at least, these three things. The Church, or members thereof, are to exemplify these three things, or shine as the optimum example of them.
“Living life,” is one part. “Moving,” is another. “Having our being, or existence in God is, or should be, a given which provides the backdrop for the other two. Being sentient, self aware, or knowing that we “are,” is simply the recognition, to one degree or another, that we are created in God’s image. That being becomes more clear when every living person asks two primal questions;
“Who am I?
“Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose.”
John Gill says it this way,
“The natural life which men live is from God; and they are supported in it by him; and from him they have all the comforts and blessings of life; and all motions, whether external or internal, of body or of mind, are of God, and none of them are without the concourse of his providence, and strength assistance from him.”
God is the living, immanent principle of life, movement, and being in all people. If God is a missionary G0d, then by definition he is a moving God. As we conform to His image, we too will move like Him. Silly statements like “Christians need to “be” more & “do” less, often result in stagnant, self-rotting, and selfish, non-action which segues into killing the mission and its church.
The Church of God’s Mission must move. It “stays” in motion. There are times of rest, equipping, corporate worship, and meditation, etc., but those exist SO THAT the Mission of God in the world may continue. It LIVES and MOVES, continually, but already ‘has’ its BEING.
In a quick survey of the scriptures, I was trying to find passages that supporrted ideas like, “be more than you are,” or “be all that you can be,” etc. I didn’t find any. Perhaps you can point to some and reference them in the comment section.
On the other hand, There are an overwhelming number of references on how we are to LIVE and MOVE.
One Question for today;
Is there any merit to the idea that Christians should “be” more and “do” less?