Why burn poor and lonely under a bowl,
Under a lampshade or on the shelf
Beside the bed where at night
You lay turning like a door on it’s hinges?
This verse from Torches Together by mewithoutYou struck me today. While I’m not sure it is exactly what they mean, I think my rather tangental thoughts are relevant.
The first is this; we are admonished to shine brightly by Christ, to not hide our lamp under a bush or bowl. But, what exactly is it to shine the light of Christ? I think that for a great many shining the light of Christ is almost entirely negative, it consists of what you do not do. How you separate yourself from the world. But a flame consumes. Shining the light of Christ is in what we do, what we do not do. Shining the light of Christ is being like Christ, walking with the poorest of the poor and continually humbling ourselves as a servant of all mankind.
The second is related in that it seems that the candle of so many Christian’s faith today, is by their bedside. We are devout because we go to Bible study, read our Bible, pray and have our morning devotion. Whatever. Surprisingly, Christ never once commanded us to do any of that, other than pray of course. In fact, the only internal form of worship Christ explicitly commanded was the Eucharist, or communion. Which isn’t to say Bible studies and what not are bad things, they aren’t of course. It’s just that most seem to get their good deeds in for the week by going to Bible study. But Christ did not come to heal the healthy, but the sick. We being Christ-like must imitate him.
The Church on Earth is referred to as the Church militant. A militant Church cannot be consumed with reviewing its internal mechanisms or entirely devoted to studying the art of war. It must go out and fight.