A few times in the blogging world it has been mentioned that Christians seem to be against everything, rather than “for” anything. I think that’s just a bit of bias at play but I can understand why some people would feel that way. Christians are a diverse bunch and we all have our individual interests and pursuits, the things that we like to focus on. Christians are people, so sometimes we tend to focus on the things about the world that make us crazy, the things we are “against”.
Ultimately however, what Christians strive to be “for” is for God’s will to be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Thy will be done. To simplify that idea into something easier to wrap our brains around, I love 3 John 1-2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
That is what I like to be “for” too, prosperous souls, good spiritual health. I love healing and transformation, I love grace and wisdom. I like relationship, connection, intimacy. I like to watch the journey where people get to know the nature of their own selves, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and discover there can be redemption there.
I am for truth, beauty, and the higher selves of men. I am all about romance and heroism and sacrifice, long journeys against great odds and eventual triumph and victory. I love the pursuit and the chase, victory and defeat.
Nicholas Cage once starred in a movie called City of Angels, where he collects the souls of those who have passed on. He comes for a little girl and asks her what she liked most about her short life. She says “pajamas.” Ah yes, fuzzy pajamas with feet in them! That is what I am for too, all those little things in life that encapsulate the human experience.
There is a great deal of strife and suffering and hardship in the world, but even in that there can be victory. Our pain and suffering is also a part of the human experience. Oddly it seems to be a vital and important part of our experience. Too much comfort and ease tends to be bad for us. There’s an interesting study out that shows how those countries with the highest “happiness quotient,” also tend to have the highest rates of depression and mental illness. Look at us here in the Western world, we are often just a tangled web of various pharmaceutical ads and assorted afflictions. In the midst of great comfort and ease, we tend to become afflicted.
So healing, chocolate, pajamas, romance, those are the things I am “for.” Ultimately in the bigger picture however, what I am for is what God is for and what God is for is good things for us. God is love, He is the ultimate source of love, and He has an investment in us all.
People are all different so how we perceive God and how we interpret scripture can vary slightly. Believe it or not, we are often far more aligned and in agreement there then we realize, but language and perception can make communicating a somewhat subjective experience. Just for the record, I never speak “for God” because He speaks for Himself to anyone who will listen. He often speaks to us in a language only we will understand. Having a relationship with God can be a personal thing, a subjective thing, so everybody has to do that on their own.
So, when people ask “what are Christians for,” I think we’re asking the wrong question. Who cares what Christians as individuals are for?? We can only do our best to share our own subjective experiences within that relationship. A better question would be, “what is God for?” The best way to get a proper answer to that question is to ask Him yourself.