On a recent vacation we visited a park in Moncton, NB where you could pay a fee to get inside a bubble and float around a pool. It looked like fun to our six-year old so we emptied our pockets and paid the fee.
Watching our boy crawling around and trying to stand up in a bubble got me thinking about more than just the high cost of summer fun. On a deeper level, it got me thinking about life, especially life as a Christian.
Do we sometimes live our lives in a bubble? Not literally of course. But figuratively. As a parent, there are times when the bubble life looks like a viable option for our boy. We just want to shield him from all things harmful and hurtful. Such is a natural response for parents (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).
But I’m learning that bubble life is not all it’s cracked up to be. Life in the bubble can be rather stuffy. There’s actually a shortage of fresh air on the inside, especially if you stay in there too long. It can get really hot and uncomfortable too.
Come to think of it, as Christians we can be tempted to gravitate toward bubble life. We think, “if I only I could land a job with a Christian organization, life would be so much easier.”
I realize it’s not pleasant to work in an environment where somebody is cursing in your ear and somebody else is blowing smoke in your face, but aren’t those people the ones who need Jesus in their lives?
If all the Christians huddled together and worked together during the week and worshipped together on Sunday, the salt of the earth would cease to function in the way it’s supposed too. The lights of the world shine best in the midst of darkness. Oh, I know, we can just leave it to the professionals right? Let them do it.
The fact of the matter is that most people come to Christ through a friend or an acquaintance (such as a co-worker), not through a professional preacher.
Likewise, if all the Christians go off to Christian colleges and universities then who’s going to reach the masses of lost intellectuals in our secular institutions? Now don’t get me wrong. I thank God for Christian colleges and those who attend them. But I do think we must beware of the bubble life mentality. Eventually, we have to expose ourselves and our children to life outside the bubble.
It would be nice to shield our children and youth by bringing them up in the safety and security of a Christian school but what happens when they leave the bubble? What happens when they attend university and encounter well-educated professors who believe the bible is a book of myths?
Are they equipped to handle the questions and arguments that seem to disprove the Christian faith?
Training for life outside the bubble must start early. That training includes exposure. Public school. Minor hockey. Figure skating. Birthday parties. Music lessons. Trips to the play-ground. There’s plenty of opportunities for exposure to life on the outside. It’s up to us to avail of them.
The alternative is to stay in the bubble, playing video games and watching movies (or even playing church). Which is better for our kids? Perhaps we need both. Time in the bubble and time outside. The bubble can be fun too, but there’s nothing like a bit of fresh air now and then.
By: Pastor Steve
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