Today I have been reading for my upcoming intensive about Film, Theology, and Ministry at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Learning how to have wisdom and discernment about what media we consume has been something that is very difficult to do in our technology and media-driven world. I think my reflection so far follows much of how I attempt to live in all the areas of my life of loving God and loving others: with balance. In fact, I would say that our life with Christ and representation of him to others is all one big balancing act.
What I mean by balance is not to be neutral or apathetic, but to hold to your convictions and have grace for people with other views in order to incarnate, relate, and demonstrate God’s truth to others. This is exactly what Jesus did (John 1:14). We can not be responsible for other people to treat us in this way, we must stay consistent in our actions, especially our verbal and physical responses to adversity. Taking up our cross instead of the sword; being ok with not having the last word; and authentically caring and praying for people to come to embrace Jesus, instead of sharing our list of types of people with a one-way hell-bound ticket. Only in balanced declaration and demonstration of God’s kingdom values (see Matt. 5-7) can we bring the conversation and confession of Christ to others we meet through the secular, mundane, and ordinary activities that are truly full of divine moments, appointments, and life-giving opportunities for people to encounter the one, true, living God that resides within us (1 Cor. 3:16).
Balance is a key characteristic that I truly hope to cultivate in my relationship with Christ and ministry to others. I pray that God will give us all the strength to grow in this quality so that we can increase the unity and effectiveness of the Christ’s bride, the church, as the witness to a lost, broken, and suffering world.
As Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”