so I’m naive

July 21, 2009

There is this old blessing, which supposedly goes back to saint Francis (but then again, so does a lot of sayings), which I often use when preaching. It’s my favourite. I only have the text in Afrikaans, but the last part goes something like this:

and may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a differance in this world, so that you will be able to do the things that others believe to be impossible

I remember reading this post at The Jesus Manifesto a few months ago that was a reminder that contrary to modern liberal thoughts, the way of Jesus is not the utmost thoughts in ethical and social thinking, as if common reason would bring us to the same place that the teachings of Jesus brought us. Reality is that sometimes I simply feel like I’m naive to actually think that the way of Jesus will change the world, sometimes the grand scemes of poitically correct capitalist welfare programs look much more effective. Seems like large companies investing millions into Africa has a better plan than me trying to get myself to a place where I’ll actually house the stranger, sell my stuff, and give to the poor.

But that’s the journey that the teaching of that prophet from Nazareth is getting me onto. I’m getting more and more aware that it’s probably naive. But then again, I must be naive to still believe that God’s kingdom is actually coming, and that I can be part of bringing that into existance…

3 Responses to “so I’m naive”

  1. Aldi Says:

    I don’t think it’s naive to believe the kingdom is coming – it’s hopeful.

  2. tiaan Says:

    There is something to say for being naive – I don’t think it is the same as being ignorant, though. But don’t ask me how it works…

  3. hanlie Says:

    This reminds me of the story of thousands of little frogs climbing to the top of a very high tower to see who gets there first. “you’ll never make it, it’s to high…turn back!” And so they all do, except one, who made it to the top. Why? He was deaf.
    We might even ask to be blessed with deafness to compliment the foolishness


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