Monday Christianity

Monday Christianity

Thursday, 15 May 2014  | Narelle - MECS Principal
Mr Business went to Church
He never missed a Sunday
Mr Business went to Hell
For what he did on Monday
This little piece of doggerel is an important reminder about one of the biggest threats to the progress of God’s Kingdom, the idea of ‘Sunday Christianity’. Obviously bringing together our Sunday and Monday is absolutely critical. However, there is a danger here. One into which Christians and Christian schools all too easily fall! In bringing Sunday and Monday together, some of us think that the ideal would be to impose some sort of Sunday Christianity onto the rest of the week. Reflect for a moment on what most of us do on Sunday – bible study, singing, prayer, listening to sermons, lunch, family and often mixing exclusively with people just like us. Sunday is the day when we are usually untouched by the problems of our society and world. This is Sunday Christianity for many of us and however vital it might be for recharging our batteries, Sunday Christianity is easy Christianity.

The Bible is mostly concerned with Monday Christianity. Monday involves struggling to see, in all the events of life, God’s perspective, purpose and meaning. Monday Christianity is about hearing God speak into the stories of our everyday life. The Psalms are full of Monday Christianity scenarios:
What do we do when we have enemies?
What if friends won’t speak to you and people oppose you?
What if you’ve lost someone you love and your world seems unbearably bleak?
How can we recover from failure?
Why do people who are crooked and deceitful succeed?
How do we respond to issues of poverty, suffering and corruption?
How do I deal with a particular relationship problem?
What if all the choices before me have unacceptable consequences?

On Monday we will want to give up, we will be depressed, we will fail a friend or they will fail us; we will experience great joy, happiness and success and we will also be rocked by great anger, bitterness and betrayal. This is Monday Christianity and it is worlds apart from the isolated, comfortable and protected Sunday Christianity which we are tempted to seek.
Monday is about asking questions and seeing that there are no easy answers to some of them! A Monday theology requires a humility which says, “I don’t know all the answers, but I know something of God and I want to be caught up in His purposes for the world.”

When our students leave this school, we hope they will not go with a sense of complacency, or a false sense of pride, or with a pharisaical criticism of the world into which they go. On the contrary, we want them to go with humility, compassion, faith and a willingness to struggle with the complex issues of the world through the lens of their Monday Christianity. In fact, at MECS, Monday Christianity is what we are on about most of the time! Our school is not a place where we wish to hide and protect our students from the challenges of this world. It’s a place where we seek to equip our students with the skills, knowledge and worldview to be able to respond and bring renewal to the situations they find themselves in.
The writer of Ecclesiastes captures that vision after a lifetime of exploration. He is man who has seen it all. He has climbed the pinnacle of success – and become thoroughly disillusioned by the experience. He also realises there are no easy answers to complex questions. He has discovered that Monday theology is hard! After much questioning and attempts at gaining human wisdom, he concludes that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.

The apostle Paul implies precisely the same thing in 1 Corinthians 13:12 when he presents the image of us peering into a dark mirror, trying to make out the image it contains, trying to make sense of the things we only partially understand. It is an image of struggle, effort and frustration. But without that struggle, Paul implies, Christians are going to be rather ineffectual in the world!

The challenge is for us all. Do we yearn for the ease of our Sunday Christianity experience, or is it our Monday Christianity that really defines who we are as God’s people? The Bible makes it clear which one is going to have the biggest impact for the Kingdom of God!  

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