My wife and I went to a memorial service for a 13-year old girl yesterday. No one was really talking about it, and you don't really ask, but word was that she committed suicide as the result of bullying.
It was a nice service in that folks shared their memories of her. And I got a small glimpse into this young life of someone I did not know. By all accounts she was an amazing young woman. So very sad how her life ended.
There was a noticeable absence of any mention of Jesus or salvation... or God in general. There were two "clergy" there. I don't know what kind of clergy they were but IMHO they were not deserving of that designation.
The service made me think a little of my own life, and what my memorial service would be like. Or perhaps my wife's memorial service. What focus would it have? I have to admit... the current focus of my life is really not God. It would almost seem disingenuous to attempt to have a memorial service centered on God when one's life clearly was not.
To be fair... I do toy around with the idea of God. I read a devotional on occasion. I try to think about right and wrong and doing the right thing. I definitely know and believe the truth of the Bible with regards to Jesus, His death and resurrection, etc. But my life is a far cry from what my honest idea of a committed Christian should be like. It's possible that my idea is not accurate. After all, there is real life to deal with... working, eating, sleeping. Not everything is about God right?
In my experience, trying to make everything about God has a tendency to cause one to sort of go off the deep end. And yes, been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.
However, I do think that God's idea of a committed Christian would be considered "off the deep end" by the world's standards. So I would say, there is a good off-the-deep-end and a bad off-the-deep-end. I'm not sure I know how to tell the difference between the two.
And I have no doubt in my mind that the majority of people who are off the deep end in the bad kind of way honestly believe that they are walking in truth and right on track.
Christianity is nuts in a good way. But how do you know you're not just nuts? Because many folks would probably think that you are. One of the tools I use to gauge the general acceptability of things I say or ideas I have is by people's reaction to those things. That lets me know when I'm off track. However that doesn't really work that well with Christianity. Because the indications would be highly misleading. I think that with Christianity, it's totally possible to be perfectly in line with God's will, and have others think you're crazy... even other Christians.
So that's leaves us without a good measurement gauge. Hmmm...