A year or so ago, we piled into the truck and drove deep into the mountains to some place Zach and April knew about. Rolling out of the truck and after the usual round of stretching and ooohing and ahhhing, we wandered through a line of trees to a winding mountain stream. We could see the currents swirling, rippling eddies running across the river that we'd swear was green if we hadn't heard all our lives that water was supposed to look blue.
I threw a branch into the water and watched it head downstream. Not to be outdone, Joel grabbed a log and sent it swimming. The log, too, headed downstream.
This illustrates The Drift Principle.
The Drift Principle states simply that we drift.
Christians start off thinking and saying a lot about God and a relationship with him. Christianity is all about life in Christ, union with him by his Spirit to the glory of the Father. Christianity is all about overflowing joy and peace and reconciliation and life, life, life to the full.
But we drift.
Christianity becomes more and more about a moral system, a set of ethics, a code. We've talked about this on the blog before, I think. This isn't new. Or insightful. But it is important.
We need to be aware of The Drift because The Drift forms us into people who are full of hate. If Christianity is all about being a "moral" person, then immoral people or people who make it harder for us to be "moral" need to be kept at a distance, kept under control, and maybe even hated.
Hatred is one of the love's opposites (apathy, selfishness, shame, etc...). And many of us try so hard to be loving people, we're shocked when we find hatred in our hearts. We don't want to hate anybody. Why do we hate? We hate because we drift.
Why do we drift?
How can we keep from drifting?
What would happen if we resisted the drift?