Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rock the Boat

I grew up believing that "rocking the boat" was a bad thing.  Songs told us to be careful- "Rock the boat, don't rock the boat baby.  Rock the boat, don't tip the boat over"- or to "Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down you're rocking the boat."  Teachers told us to learn to go with the flow so we wouldn't rock the metaphorical boat.  It was the best way to stay out of trouble and keep things under control.  Please keep your hands and legs inside the boat at all times.  And since the advice seemed to come from so many places, I accepted it as wisdom.

Jesus, on the other hand, was the greatest boat rocker who ever lived.  He rocked the boat by teaching the old men in the Temple when he was 12.  He rocked the boat by preaching and healing in ways no one had ever seen before. He rocked the boat by telling the Pharisees they were "a brood of vipers."  And he rocked the boat by proclaiming himself the Son of God.  As a matter of fact, Jesus rocked the boat everywhere he went simply by BEING there.  No custom, no leader, no law and no assumptions were safe when Jesus was around.  In fact, in the words of my friend Rick Bundschuh, Jesus didn't rock boats- He CAPSIZED them!

So how did his followers become so lame?  When did our focus change from rocking the world to be being "nice people?"  I don't know the answers, but I do know this- I spent nearly 30 years working for churches and spending way too much time trying not to upset anyone.  It seems one the main goals of many churches is to not rock the boat.  I don't work for churches any more, I just follow Jesus. What difference does that make?  I'll tell you.  If you want to ride in a boat with me now, wear a swim suit.  Because we are all going in!  If the boat is a rockin', then Jesus must be in it.  And that's where I want to be...

Because of Jesus,

1 comment:

  1. You see, most people nowadays don't want to be ridiculed, abused, ostracized and so forth, so they simply tow the line without further thought. It's not easy being the odd one out (in want of a better word), it's hard to stand up for something when you know people are thinking the same way but you are the one who will get all the bullets. People are scared to rock the boat, and I certainly know and have dealt with the aftermath.
    I say, don't put your faith in man, but rather have faith in God. Don't look for a crowd to support you but at the same time, count the cost and if you can afford it, go for gold mate. I've been rocking that boat for ages, and one day, it will definitely capsize.


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