This is Not a Rehearsal

by Dave on March 12, 2011

in General

In an editorial article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Keith Mitchell talks about being nicer to each other and living the kingdom dream in general.  But there is a problem.

I agree and support what Keith is trying to do here, and agree with nearly everything he says.  Here is how he sets it up:

Has the time I have spent regularly reading through the Bible and praying affected not only how I think, but also how I act out in the world each day? Have I made the right choices? Am I doing what God wants me to do?

We should all definitely take the time to understand what it is that God wants us to do and then do it.  Keith goes on to give good examples of how he needed to improve on his relationships with other people.  A want to give a big Kudos to Keith for taking the lead and talking about this.

But then Keith says:

I believe that the reasons for those occurrences can be summed up this way: As we live out our lives through our faith — mine as a Christian by way of a born-again experience — we are participants in a rehearsal preparing us for the main performance that lies ahead.

Here is where I have a disagreement.

A rehearsal is something that really does not have a lasting impact, it is practice.  But that is not the case in our lives and the world.  Instead we are called to make this life, this One.Life in the words of Scot McKnight (I highly recommend this book), into the kingdom dream of Jesus by following him every day.

While I do understand that Keith is trying to convey that there is a follow on life after we are resurrected, we must not think of this one life as something that does not matter, it matters the most.  It is what we do in this life that says whether we get to the the main production in the end.  This is not something we can mess up and then still perform in the show, we need to get on the right path now.

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