culture is often likened to whitewater raids - ever-changing,
unpredictable, dangerous. There are some rules for rafting these
whitewater rapids, though, that might give us some guidelines for
navigating these cultural rapids. I've translated them into biblical
guidelines for a "whitewater faith" for navigating such times.
1. Rest during the calms because there is more turbulence coming/"Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy"
2. When a rock looms ahead, lean into it not away from it/"Take up your cross and follow me"
3. Whatever else you do, never stop paddling/"Rejoice always, pray
without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you"
4. Let everything else but
your life jacket go if you fall into the water/"There is salvation in no
one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals
by which we must be saved" (in the sense that whoever finds salvation in
whatever ways owes that salvation to Christ)