[Church as a Lighthouse?]
We all have grown quite accustomed to the idea of Church being a Lighthouse. There are even Churches that are named Lighthouse Church…
However, the sermon last Sunday made me think. Darrel Harvey (same guy who brought up the idea of having coffee with Trinity) changed my opinion of the Church as a lighthouse.
The idea we usually get is this magnificent tall tower that beckons the lost ships to the land, shining its light in the darkness, an image that brings to mind Jesus’ words from Matthew 5:14:
You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
The imagery is almost borderline on romantic… yet, think of the other words of Jesus from the same Gospel according to Matthew 28 (MSG):
God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.
The lighthouse image is wonderful and hope-inspiring, yet if one thinks about it, it’s an immovable tower that beckons the lost, yet does nothing really (besides shining the light) to help them come home.
Instead, Darrel pointed out, true followers of Christ’s teachings should be people with the flashlights venturing out into the darkness of the world to find those who are lost and share the light with them. Jesus said, go out and train everyone you meet – that hardly can be accomplished if we stay in place and just shine the light without moving from our comfortable place on a shoreline.
As I am writing this, I am reminded of the fact that I need to heed to my own words.
I’m off to grab a flashlight and venture into the wildness. Anyone else with me?