Easter and the End of a Predictable Faith
Like everyone else, I like a certain level of predictability in my life—a spouse who loves me (even when I’m not acting very lovable!), a hot cup of coffee in the morning, my dog excitedly greeting me at the door.
And like others, I also like my faith to be predictable. My hope is that faith will make the things I already know a little clearer and the things I already do a little better.
Unfortunately, the Easter message conveys a disruptive faith, not a predictable one. When the disciples encountered the risen Christ, everything they had predicted about the journey of faith was wrong. The death and resurrection of Jesus became a disruptive force that caused them to let go of old ideas about the purpose of their religion. Jesus wasn’t going to be a political leader or military commander. Jesus hadn’t called them together to make them the greatest nation on earth, showing other nations their truer (and lower) place in God’s order of things!
As hard as this was, it was only by jettisoning these old notions that they were open to see life in a new way. It was only then they began to understand “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” (John 3:17, The Message).
As uncomfortable as it can be, we all need a faith that disrupts our lives. This is what clears out old ideas and old patterns of living allowing us to be open to something new, something better and something completely unexpected.
I know that this doesn’t sound very pastoral, but this Easter may God disrupt your faith. And through this may you discover a new hope and a new vision for what life can be.