Don’t Tiptoe

“I had a college professor who said, ‘All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely.  But dear children, do not tiptoe.  Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.’  In my youth-group days, I had seen all too many wild would-be Jesus radicals fall by the wayside because they had never been trusted with the adventure of revolutionary living.  When I was a youth leader, one of the high school kids who had ‘given his life to Jesus’ got busted only a few weeks later for having acid in school.  I remember asking in disappointment, ‘What happened, bro?  What went wrong?’  He just shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘I got bored.’  Bored?  God forgive us for all those we have lost because we made the gospel boring.  I am convinced that if we lose kids to the culture of drugs and materialism, of violence and ar, it’s because we don’t dare them, not because we don’t entertain them.  It’s because we make the gospel too easy, not because we make it too difficult.  Kids want to do something heroic with their lives, which is why they play video games and join the army.  But what are they to do with a church that teaches them to tiptoe through life so they can arrive safely at death.”

–Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

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