Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In The Wheelbarrow

From Rob Harrison at The Spyglass:

As Chesterton wryly observed, "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried."

The bottom line here is that true Christian faith is not just intellectual assent to a series of propositions, nor is it a commitment to pursue what we consider to be good and helpful behaviors (though in some sense, both of those are involved): true Christian faith is a belief in a Person, and a commitment to follow that Person, wherever he might lead us. To borrow from the old story about the Great Blondin, it's not just a matter of agreeing that if we get in the wheelbarrow, he'll be able to push us safely across his tightrope over Niagara Falls—it's a matter of actually getting in the wheelbarrow and hanging on. It's a whole-life commitment, giving everything we have to follow Jesus.

4 comments:

Ginaagain said...

Thank you for that analogy. It's perfect.

Joyce said...

Thanks, Ginaagain; I thought so, too.

Rob said...

Thanks again for the quote; I'm glad you found it helpful. In case anyone's interested in going directly to the original post, the link is here.

grant said...

That Chesterton was always onto something. I've been perusing The American Chesterton Society Blog from time to time and it always blows me away.

I wish he was still around. . . I bet he'd be blogging.