Blogs - Summit Semester
October 28, 2010
Thoughts on Effective Monster Fighting
My time here at summit so far has been worthwhile. We have discussed a very wide range of topics both in class and out of class. They have almost all been of great importance for Christians to understand, if we are to have a guided impact on our culture. We have been reminded that good intentions are not enough. Christians need to be thinkers rather than just feelers. But even these won’t be enough by themselves.
To be effective we must also be humble. One evening my small group read a chapter on pride from C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. The reading gave me a much better understanding of what pride is. It tears us apart. While we think we are winning against it, it grows stronger. I have seen this happening in me while I have been here. We need God to rip our pride from us, or all our good intentions and cleverness will be worth nothing. Even though I will struggle with pride my whole life, I am glad that by coming here this became clearer to me.
Besides good intentions, correct understanding, and humility, a vision of where we should be working toward is important. In his first week with us, Dr. Bauman told us to find our monsters. Each Christian has a special job to do in this fallen world. When in the Lord’s Prayer we pray “Your kingdom come,” we should also be looking to do our part in building the Lord’s kingdom now. This means that we need to fight. All the difficult issues of our society are like monsters. No one can fight them all effectively. Someone might spend his whole life diligently fighting in one area to see the monster only slightly weakened. Besides learning that I need to find specific monsters to fight, I have received some insight into which ones they should be.
Faith is also necessary for fighting the monsters. Whatever we do, we must rely on God. We have no strength without Him. When failure, despair, or doubt comes, I must not give up. I can’t win by myself, but God gives me courage. If I am to succeed it must be through his power.
Every Sunday we go to Grace Church in Pagosa Springs. The last two sermons have been about our proneness to wander. No matter why we wander, when we do we will not be able to fight monsters. I fear that I will wander from time to time. In fact, I know I will. Though forgiven, I am still sinful. With this understanding, there is need for repentance. In our small groups, we have all discussed repentance. Repentance is not making excuses for wandering or quickly praying a casual prayer for forgiveness. It is seriously admitting and confessing your sinfulness. Only after this has been done will you be fully finished wandering, and ready to fight monsters.
I am glad I came to summit semester. I have learned a lot, and my time here is only half over. I am still uncertain of where I will go in the future, and which specific monsters I was made to fight. But, I have a better idea of where I should go, and more inspiration for the future. I am going to attack monsters, both the ones I see in me and in this world.
Blogger's Bio: Growing up on family farm, Jonathan enjoys gardening, managing his 55 gallon fish aquarium, writing, math and science. While he is unsure what direction his interests will take him, he says “I want to study, not just because of the beauty of this intricate world, but because I must prepare to do my best to fight against the evil which has so obviously marred it.”