From the Basement

August 5, 2010

Suffering & the Christian Church: A Question

A question I’m wrestling with right now:

How do I reconcile the call to suffer with the fact that I was born in the USA to parents who did not have the means to travel internationally? I’ve never been out of the country. Never witnessed an atrocity. Am living a plush middle-class existence. Even in the face of economic crisis and unemployment, my parents are (thus far) still employed with health insurance and enough money to cover dental and vision costs w/o insurance. I. Am. So. Effing. Blessed.

So how exactly can I claim the promises of God and a “mature” (snort) faith when I am obviously not suffering?

(It should be noted that this post comes in the middle of a meltdown over how awful the writing is going and doubts as to whether or not God wants me to write, etc. etc. etc., blah blah blah)

It’s coming in the middle of extreme emotion, but the question is honest. Obviously, the answer isn’t for every American Christian to move to third-world countries, get rid of all possessions, eschew all dreams/hopes that extend beyond basic survival, and minister to other people (or is it?).

How do we reconcile the two?

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1 Comment »

  1. I’ve been wrestling with that one, too… and now with the idea of giving all you have away to the poor vs. giving freely while still enjoying your blessings. I’m concluding that there are many perfectly moral ways to go about it, it’s just discerning which particular way is right for me…

    I’m reading this great book (I think I saw Brittany Atchison with it a couple years ago, actually) called Revolution In World Missions. Google it… the author’s organization mails copies out for free, that’s how I got mine.

    Comment by Kate — September 8, 2010 @ 3:50 am | Reply


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