Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We're doomed ... or are we?
I noticed this bit of tongue-in-cheek graffiti whilst walking past the Crawford School of Art (in Cork). So much graffiti seems to be just the name of the author: baz wos ‘ere, etc. - not particularly interesting. There is perhaps a bit more thought though in this particular scrawl, as it is written on the wall surrounding a very large Convent. Is it a challenge to the church, to God even, masked in a little humour? The question is clear, are we doomed, is there any hope at all, is this life all there is - God if you are there please answer?!
So often Christians get in the way of what should be a very clear and obvious answer to this question, a question which is asked in different ways by many people. Yes Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and all who believe in him are (not doomed) but have eternal life (John 3:16). But when someone seeking God looks at me and my life and indeed the lives of so many Christians do they in fact see something different from their own life, something that would attract them to follow Jesus? Would they see something to give them hope that we are not in fact doomed and that God does indeed have a plan and a purpose for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11)? Would they realise that yes, this life is short, but that it is merely a preparation for the real and eternal life that is to come for all who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus?
I hope so.