The difference between safety and security is a fine line.  The difference between protected and sheltered should not be.

We live in a society that puts an emphasis upon our personal well-being over others.  It’s a natural human trait to do so.  When my personal well-being is wrapped up in yours, we both become partners in keeping each other safe from harm.

Today, just as in any other time in the world’s history, we live wounded lives.  Even those of us who are redeemed, and recovered by Christ’s sacrifice, we still lived wounded.  The earth aches with the brokenness it has, and so do we.  But, when we discover that we’re hurting, we also discover that we’re vulnerable.  Nowadays, we’re taught from an early age to run away from things that hurt us.  In my country, it seems that we have a national past-time of finding new ways to run away or hide from the things that hurt us, we don’t like, or make us feel weak or vulnerable.

I’m convinced that for us to be healthy people.  We have to know it’s okay to hurt a little.  It’s a part of life on this planet.  As a Christian, it’s even more imperative.  Those that refuse to identify with others’ pain, refuse to identify their own pain… cannot identify with Christ’s pain on our behalf.  Thusly we don’t get a chance to enter into the reclamation on the other side of it. 

I have friends and family that can only feel pain through a checkbook problem.  They’ve insulated themselves off from the world that only a shortage of money would keep their cable and video game and comforts of life existence from sheltering them from what happens in our world.  I also have friends that have gotten so good at hiding from their pain or hiding their pain that it comes out in all sorts of wonderful mental disorders.  Their existence is trapped behind the walls that they built to shelter themselves from hurting.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the pain is too much.  Life sometimes overwhelms us through cruel circumstances.  However, whether or not we take the full brunt of what is coming at us, we still get very calloused.  Our hearts get scarred from too much pain, or if we shelter ourselves from life, our hearts become so thin-skinned that we cannot cope with it. 

 If given a choice, we would much rather hide ourselves from wounds.  That action causes us to become just as calloused as when we are subjected to repeated wounds but we lose the ability to have compassion for others in similar circumstances.  I believe that as we hide, we’re not being sheltered or protected or becoming safe or secure… we’re becoming numb.  Numb people can only look at themselves and focus upon themselves.  Unfortunately, many times when I look at society, that’s all that I see in people.  Otherwise, why does it take a catastrophic event like Haiti to move our hearts to care?

Without Christ coming into our lives, setting us free to be who we were created to be.  Giving us the ability to rise above and overcome pain, sin, suffering, etc in this world… our hearts stay walled off.  And people pay the price from the isolation.

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