We Are Not Called To Be Safe

On the way home from a recent backpacking trip, I heard a Christian Radio station give their tagline: A safe place for the family.

Safe: protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost

Take a minute to think about what safe means to you. Does it mean you won’t hear cussing on the radio? Does it mean you won’t hear sexual lyrics in your songs? Does it mean you won’t see Rated anything but G in your book stores? Does it mean you won’t have smokers standing outside your church door? Does it mean you won’t have prostitutes or drug dealers coming to your church meetings? Does it mean your ministries are only going to the elderly and leaving out the homeless? Does it mean your youth groups, men’s and women’s ministries aren’t reaching out to those who need Jesus and only doing car washes and food drives? Just ruminate on that word safe for a minute.

Now let me ask you…

Are our churches, book stores, radio stations and ministries or whatever else we slap the Christian label on supposed to be safe? Because the last time I checked, Jesus never mentioned anything about us being safe.

He said we’d be hated (Matthew 10:22). Hatred is not safe.

He said we’d die for our faith (Matthew 16:25). We can’t die if we’re being safe.

He said we should go after the sick (Mark 2:17). Sick people are not safe.

He said to be rule-breakers (Mark 3:1-6). Breaking rules is not safe.

Never does the bible mention anything about our places of worship or our worship in itself being safe. As a matter of fact, being safe does not reach the very people who need to hear the gospel! We have the gospel because there is bad news and those who need the gospel are bad news. Bad news is not safe.

I recall God saying the only safe place was in his arms (Deut. 33:27). He is our fortress (Psalm 144:2). He is our rock (Psalm 18:2). He is our shelter (Psalm 46). It is his wings’ shadows that we hide under (Psalm 91:4).

By saying the church or our media is our safe haven is replacing God’s place in our life with our ministries. And replacing God with something or someone who is not God… is one danger you definitely don’t want to experience.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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