We used to sing this song in nursery and Sunday school that quite frankly I never liked. It went like this:
I may never march in the infantry
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery,
I may never fly over the enemy
But I’m in the lord’s army.
Uh, what good is it to be in an army and NOT go to battle? I may never ride or shoot or fly but I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Compare that to the great anthem, The Church’s One Foundation. Listen to the lyrics.
The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ the lord.
She is his new creation
By spirit and the word.
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy bride.
With his own blood he bought her
And for her life he died.
Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her wars
She waits the consummation
Of peace forever more.
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blessed
And the great church victorious
Will be the church at rest.
The great church victorious will be… one day they will be the church at rest. But not now. Not here. Not while the battle is still raging. We are called to engage the enemy. And that means we ride, we shoot we fly. We DO!
We have forgotten the biology of theology. We focus on “thinking right about God,” but we miss the powerful truth of following God. And to be honest I think this is what makes church boring. We’ve missed the power of the adventure.
(Ephesians 5:14-17) For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
I like the way that Peterson translates that in the Message.
“Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!”
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the master wants.”
God is saying, Wake up. Explore with me the wonders of my world and my ways. He has a plan for your life, but you have to choose to join him in it. And to do that you will have to crawl out of your crypt and learn to ride, shoot, fly and march.
You won’t believe how good it feels.