How to Avoid God & How Not to Avoid God

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of the Servant King, riding a donkey into the city of God. It marks the beginning of the most Holy Week of the Christian calendar. The events of the upcoming week will race by with growing intensity.

Living Word is not a strongly liturgical church. In fact, we aren’t even a mildly liturgical church. The spiritual days, the feasts, the festivals, the saints, the church calendar, and the rituals surrounding the celebration of those things are not a substantial part of our way of being the people of God.

I have personal practices that incorporate some of those liturgical practices.

But it is at this time of the year that we all need a little more liturgy, a little more ritual, a little more structure that ushers us into the experience of this Most Holy Week. In other words, the experiences of Jesus to which we are invited.

In one of his essays (“The Seeing Eye” in Christian Reflections), C.S. Lewis talks about avoiding God. As you read what he says, remember he wrote these words 55 years ago.

The avoiding, in many times and places, has proved so difficult that a very large part of the human race failed to achieve it. But in our own time and place it is extremely easy.

Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances.

Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you’ll be safe if you stick to papers. You’ll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.

Avoiding God was that easy and that widespread.

If that was true 55 years ago, how much more is it true for our day and age? It is especially true since the TV and the Internet have combined to create a juggernaut onslaught of noise, superficiality, distraction, and temptation.

This Holy Week, seek silences. Make solitude. Reflect on scripture. Pray. Seek God. Ponder the final chapters of Luke 22-24.

Be a part of Good Friday and Easter services.

May you encounter the incarnate, crucified, and risen King of Kings and Savior, Jesus.

Pastor Brian


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