Lately, I’ve discovered that some of the writers I like – and most importantly, some of the writers who are tugging my friends who don’t know Jesus closer to God – are writers that most of my Christian friends don’t trust.
And you know, there are plenty of writers I don’t trust either. Not if I’m asking for the full route from here to Heaven.
I find myself wondering, in this vein, how in the world Bugs Bunny (or anyone else) could have found their way to Albuquerque back before GPS or even those cool little Triple-A Trip-Tik thingies. Because of course, once you’ve found your way to Albuquerque, you never leave. So the only people to help you along are people who’ve heard about Albuquerque … people who’ve thought someday they should go to Albuquerque … people who’ve met people who are en route to Albuquerque … but no one who’s ever been there themselves.
So if you want to go to Albuquerque, you have a couple of choices. You can complain that there aren’t any trustworthy guides. You can gripe that the people who’ve gone to Albuquerque are obviously too self-centered to pay attention to people like you who just want a little attention and a few directions. Or you can get as far as you can with what help you can get from each guide you find, knowing full well that you accidentally could spend a winter in Toronto, a summer in the Everglades, or a spring planting wheat in Kansas as you follow their best inadequate understanding of the route. You could even overshoot and end up in an orange grove in Southern California — not an unpleasant error, but not where you had targeted.
None of the available guides knows how to get exactly where we’re trying to go. But all of them are trying with great enthusiasm. And we end up closer by packing the car and getting started than by sitting in the driveway complaining that no one has invented GPS yet.
How much harder to guide someone to Heaven! No one alive has ever been there, and the people who have sought to learn the most about God still know, at best, “in part” and represent “a poor reflection” of who God intends them to be (Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, chapter 13, verse 12). That should give us the freedom to know we can be mistaken, even when we’re doing our best to guide people to the most important place they’ll ever go.
So those authors my friends don’t like … and the ones I don’t like? They all have the same failing. They’re human. And there’s only one way to measure them. Not by my own imperfect knowledge, but by whether the people they’re guiding showing signs of getting closer to God and heaven.
God made Christians for: Trusting God more than we trust our most favorite writers — and more than we distrust our least favorites.
Thanks to Bugs Bunny, the web is full of posts, plus a game, titled “Which Way to Albuquerque?” Although what Bugs really said was, “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.” Here are a few that struck my fancy.
- 1st balloon racers in OK after Albuquerque liftoff (seattletimes.nwsource.com)