Why do we feel the need to cloister?

So, I was looking through my Twitter feed, and I noticed this one from Louie Giglio

And I, like Louie, did the proverbial smack of my forehead… saying, NOOOOO!!!! What are we so up in arms over? A little thing called “Christian Chirp: The Christian Alternative to Twitter.” My heart sank.

Over the course of Christian history, we have always struggled with how to interact with culture… how close is too close? How far is too far? How much are we to influence? How much are we to be above? Unfortunately, far too often Christians have been more interested in being separate than trying to influence. We have spent more time creating “Christian alternatives” than we have getting involved in the common marketplace of ideas, art, literature, music, etc. We become so worried about being influenced that we forget our obligation to be the salt of the earth – a preserving agent that is supposed to add flavor, and the light in the darkness. While Jesus calls us into the fray, we not only hide our light under a bowl – we take our light out of the room entirely to find other lights to hang out with… We create things like Christianspaces.com – an alternative to MySpace, Faithout.com – Christian’s answer to Facebook, and GodTube – a Christian alternative to… well you know.

Is it any wonder than that the Christian perspective has been marginalized and even villainized in the media? If we aren’t there to help direct the culture than what should we expect the culture to do?

Rather than standing up to be counted amongst those who might not share our belief in the one true Savior, rather than sharing the grace, love and freedom we have in Jesus Christ along the modern Roman Road of social media, we would hole up in these modern internet convents and cloisters.

We are called to where the people are. Abraham was blessed to be a blessing to all nations (Genesis 12:1-3), Paul went to the synagogue and the marketplace to teach (Acts 17:17), and Jesus was accused of being a drunkard and glutton because of the company he kept (Luke 7 :33-34). Now, I know we are not to be “worldly” and to avoid all appearances of the world. (Ephesians 4:17-19, 2 Corinthians 6:17). But this relates to our sin… we are never to imitate the actions, attitudes, and outlooks of the world; yet it’s our call as Christians to take our faith out and let our good works shine before men that they may praise our Father in heaven.

Take this to heart: please don’t cloister.

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  1. That is why I walk among the many every day. Some who like me. Some who hate me… Some who could care less. If they are in darkness and want to come into the light, they are attracted to me like crazy. If they love darkness more than light they certainly don’t look for contact. If they want living water, they will drink freely. If they need savor in their lives, I get all kinds of opportunity to “shake a little salt” and help them receive the Saviors savour.

    Chaplains call it “Ministry of Presence.” I call it “Ministry of Presence (or presents) with a Purpose.

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