Let’s role-play for a moment, shall we?
Let’s step into someone else’s shoes and walk around for a
while, feel what they feel, think their thoughts, and see the world from behind
This should be fairly enlightening.
If I was Satan, the devil, how would I react to…let’s say…a
few Christian girls at a small Baptist college for women in the middle of
During my first set of adventures of spring break I
traveled to Missouri with my friend, Kezia, just for some fun, relaxed time
before choir tour. The Sunday night before we returned to Alabama, we visited
Kezia’s home church to hear a missionary speaker from Colorado. Little did we
know that he would bring the exact message a group of Judson girls would need
to hear right before choir tour.
So…what did this speaker say he would do if he were Satan?
Isolate the Church.
And not from each other, but to each other.
wanted to go to a church service, Bible study, or small group every night of
the week and spend every waking moment of my time with Christian people, I
could easily do that at Judson. Don’t get me wrong, time spent with other
believers is crucial and one of my favorite things about the Judson sisterhood, but it can also very easily be used against us.
Jesus never said, "Hold church and hope that people show up. "
He said, "go. "
The speaker said that maybe it’s
time we stop inviting people to church and start inviting them to dinner.
Let’s face it, church services
can be incredibly boring, uncomfortable, and confusing…especially from the
perspective of someone from the “outside.”
So maybe it’s time that I started
being a little uncomfortable.
It’s time to commit to the awkward…
awkward of getting to know someone who is nothing like you and actually
building a relationship with them…actually being their friend. It’s time to
commit to the awkward of being extremely intimidated by someone and having no
idea what to say to him or her…but striking up a conversation anyway. We need
to commit to the awkward of calling someone out, but only after we’ve taken the
time to actually know how they think, what they feel, and what the world looks
like from their point of view.
It’s time to stop seeing people as projects, and start seeing
people as people.
This is, after all, Judson's promise...attending this school means that you'll be more than just a number or another face in the crowd.
Thankfully, my choir friends and
I received the perfect opportunity to “commit to the awkward,” during our tour to Maryland,
Virginia, and North Carolina. This year’s choir tour was much different than
last year's in that most of our time singing was spent in high schools rather
than churches…public high schools.
Trust me, I was definitely
committing to the awkward. Many of the girls we talked to after we sang had
some really great questions about Judson…and Christianity. My friends and I
hope to see at least a few of them here at Judson within the next couple of
years, but even if we don’t we’ve learned a valuable lesson to cease the
isolation and commit to the awkward right here on Judson’s campus…let’s see how
this plays out. I’m interested to see how Satan will react to this one.