The Yardbirds

May 12, 2010

Some of you who have been around awhile remember The Yardbirds.  Clapton, Beck and Page all got their starts with this memorable band. But that is not what this post is about.  We have Blue-jays, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees, and a dozen other songbirds that visit our yard every day.  But that is not what this post is about.  It is about ducks.  Ducks.

We have a pair of Mallards that visit our yard every day, and they stay a long time.  The neighbors have a pool, but they don’t visit there…a killer chihuahua lives there.  So they spend time in out birdbath and in our lawn.  Did I mention that less than a hundred yards from our house is a pond, a really nice duck pond?  With lots of ducks, lots of water, and lots of food. They could have everything they want or need right there.  But instead they sit in isolation in our yard.

Weird.  I think I’ll eat ’em.

Well maybe not, but it reminds me of some Christians I know.  Not all, just some. They live in isolation.  They only hang out with other Christians, if anyone.  They stay away from the pond.

If we are to be salt and light in the world it means we need to spend time in the world. Jesus did not avoid bad situations, he just avoided bad behavior.  He did not avoid bad, sinful people, (Thank God!) he just avoided sin.  In his choices of where to hang out and who to be with, none of his choices (none of them) were designed to protect himself.  All of his choices were to further his fathers kingdom and spread the Good News.

If we tried to approach life like that we would end up in some uncomfortable situations.  But if we did it carefully and prayerfully we might actually reach someone with the Good News.

I am not advocating bad behavior, I’m not advocating sinning to reach the sinner.  But I am advocating being with them; working with, even playing with the ones that need Jesus.  It is not easy, but if we believe in Heaven and Hell we must do it.  Carefully and prayerfully, we need to go into all the world not just the places where we are safe and comfortable.

We could spend all our time at the birdbath, but the people we were sent to reach are over at the pond.  Maybe even the people we love

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