Where is the saint to live His or Her life?
“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
How accurate Bonhoffer was in regards to how we naturally lean – comfort, security, cozy social, cultural, economic, political, spiritual…. surrounded by “our kind”. How opposite it is to what we are called to. In this short life, we are called to sacrificial lives, not success ones, not happy ones, not comfortable ones. We are here but a short while, the twinkling of the eye eternally. Our purpose is far more noble than the greatest epic. Our mandate far more lofty than the best Tolkein project. We are bade by the King Himself, to live life for Him, for the Kingdom, for the very souls – loving them, not winning over them, not legislating them, not convincing them in argument, but love, humble lowly postures of servants. Think not? Do you ever read your Bible?