Today’s post is a synchroblog. Meaning, I want you to answer a specific question on your own blog (for those of you who blog).
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Here is how it works. Read carefully.
1. At the end of this post, I will put forth a scenario that represents more people than you might imagine. The scenario will end with a question.
2. You’ll copy and post the scenario and the question on your blog. The scenario includes a clickable (hyperlink) to this blog post. Be sure that the link is clickable on your blog after you copy and paste it over. So test it out.
3. You will then answer the question on your blog.
4. In the comments section here, copy and paste your answer. Also include a link to your blog post.
5. Write your blog post sometime between today, July 9th and Thursday, July 12th.
The problem I’m posting about faces hundreds of thousands of people today. So we want practical and realistic answers. I look forward to the wisdom that you will offer us.
Update: I was planning on selecting five comments to highlight, but underestimated how many people would respond and how many comments I’d like. So I find it too difficult to extract five from the batch. All the comments will remain so future readers can view them as well as click on the various blog links.
Here’s the scenario followed by the question:
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The following exercise is from the synchroblog at http://frankviola.org/2012/07/09/gospelforthemiddle
Fielding Melish and his wife Felicia have two children, ages 10 and 6. They live in a very remote part of Maine, USA. They are surrounded by extended family, none of whom are Christians. The nearest churches are one hour away, and by all evangelical standards, none of them are good. These churches are either highly legalistic, highly libertine, or just flat-out flaky.
One of Fielding’s cousins is a practicing Christian. They see each other once a year. Fielding’s cousin has shared Christ with Fielding many times over the years. Whenever they’ve talked about spiritual things, Fielding shows interest.
Felicia grew up in a Christian home. She’s received Christ, but she isn’t evangelistic and is overwhelmed with working long hours and raising two small children. She would love to find a church nearby for the spiritual support and instruction, but none exist.
Fielding has no college education. While he is capable of reading, he is not a reader. He doesn’t use the Web either. He’s a man who works with his hands, both for his career and for recreation. He’s an “outdoorsman.” He hunts, he builds, he does manual labor, etc. In his spare time, he helps his elderly parents with various building projects.
Fielding is not an atheist. Neither is he an agnostic. He believes in God. He believes Jesus is the Savior of the world who died for our sins and rose again from the dead. He hasn’t fully surrendered his life to Christ, but he is not sure what that looks like exactly. His children know a little about the Lord, mostly because of what their mother has taught them.
Recently Fielding asked this question:
When I’m with my cousin once a year, I want to learn more about God. But when I come back home, and I’m around everyone else, my mind is off of God, and I am back to working, raising my kids, and helping my parents. Someone needs to come up with a solution for people like me . . . people who are in the middle. (By “in the middle,” Fielding means someone who believes in Jesus, but who isn’t fully absorbed in the faith yet either. They simply don’t know enough nor do they have any spiritual support system around them.)
Relocating is not an option for Fielding and his wife. Even if they wanted to relocate, they don’t see a way they could do it financially.
Remember: Fielding and his wife don’t personally know any Christians. None of their extended family or coworkers are believers either. And the nearest churches (which are an hour away) aren’t recommended.
Question: If you were Fielding’s cousin, how would you instruct him and his wife the next time you saw them?
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