Thursday, August 23, 2007

Acts 24:1-23

It is interesting to note in today’s reading that what we now call “Christianity” was once also called “the Way” (vs 22). Whereas the name “Christian” emphasizes our relationship to Jesus, “the Way” leaves no doubt as to the practical emphasis of following him. We might do well to reflect on what it means to be called people of “the Way”, and how that might serve as a corrective to what is now too often thought of only as “Christianity.”

People who walk in the Way are people who are living what they believe. Too often, Christianity is a group of people who profess to believe something that has little or no impact on their lives.

People who walk in the Way are people who are on a journey. Being on the Way, they know they are not yet there. Too often, Christianity is a group of people who behave as if they have arrived.

People who walk in the Way are people who are committed to be a little farther tomorrow than they are today. Too often, Christianity is a group of people who think that once they’ve been baptized, received communion, gone to church, read the Bible, or made a “decision for Christ”, think they’ve basically done what they have to do.

People who walk in the Way know there is a Path to follow and that if you wander from it you will get lost. You will never get where you are going. Too often, Christianity is a group of people who follow a variety of ways, and those ways look surprisingly like the ways of the world around them.

All of which, of course, leads to the question: “As a Christian, am I walking in the Way?”

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