I am not sure what the consequences are going to be for the British people in the long term but the vote on Thursday with regards to the European Union was a clear and emphatic vote to remain at home. All decisions as I have expounded on in other blog posts, have consequences whether they are with regard to Britain's abstention from the EU or our own perceptions of how a Church should be laid out for worship. In a manner of speaking both such decisions are made on the basis of where we feel at home or how we understand Christ's call on our lives. No matter how we look at it, the comfort of home is the greatest comfort we have in this world for most of us. It is where we find the greatest safety; it is where we can invite our friends; it is where we can relax from the pressures of life. It is also where we find that which is most recognisable and comfortable. We do not wish to be disturbed in our homes whether it is in the form of changing the furniture (ladies/gentleman how much resistance do you get if you ever suggest this), a new way of preaching in Church or the way the liturgy is undertaken or how we approach our political life in the wider world. Such change is undertaken with enormous angst to ourselves.
Christ in the Wilderness series:The foxes have holes -
Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959) - Art Gallery of Western Australia
Spencer's rendition of Christ speaks to us in this moment and as we move forward on our life's journey. We cannot rest at ease within the comfort of our homes, yet we must rest at ease within the comfort of the world in which we live. The rest of Luke's passage demonstrates Christ's insistence on this articulation. Each person who raises a question with regards their personal life's journey at that point in time is given the same answer. The traditions of the past in which we have made our homes must be laid aside as we look to the future of following Christ. Unless we have overcome our fears that bind us to our homely comforts and rest at home in Christ we will never achieve the coming of the reign of God in this place. That does not mean that we do not learn from the past, as Anglicans this is one of the pillars of our journey, It means we do not cling, like Linus, to our security blanket 'tradition' but embrace the life that Christ offers to us. For us to do that we must be radical, so radical that we love our neighbour as ourselves, which means gladly leaving our comforts behind us whilst finding our new places in the world. It is in dis-ease we should come to Christ and open ourselves to his healing balm.