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This is one of those weeks where I am going to post twice. Once today, and once again on Sunday. Today, I just want to give a nugget of thought. I will go deep into scripture on Sunday.
I think there is this natural tendency in American Christianity to build metaphorical fences around what we consider "fertile ground". I get it. It's a defense mechanism. Good Christians get the warnings: Don't go past the road blocks. Don't go beyond the fence. Stay in the pen. We are scared out of doing anything else.
Problem: Jesus asked us to enter the dangerous areas. Jesus asked us to eat with the sinners, joke around with the prostitutes and tax collectors. We might think we have the "fertile ground," but once we accept the call, it's part of our Christian duty to gather up the grain in the shallows, the rock, and the thorns. It's not good enough to get cozy in our little patch of green grass. It's not about protecting us; it's about saving them.