“Many of us have been in the household of God for a really long time. Life in Christ has become too domesticated.”‘ Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick *
Melissa’s statement resonates with me strongly. I wonder: What does it mean to be domesticated? How does a domesticated Christian look or act? What does a non-domesticated Christ follower look and act like?
One of Webster’s definitions of domesticate is to adopt for domesticate use. Is the problem adopting the faith for our domestic use here on planet earth, trying to make it fit into our cultures, harnessing its power for human consumption, so to speak, rather than our chasing after a kingdom not of this world, a kingdom opposed to this world, and our changing to adapt ourselves to its demands? Would our lives look wilder and less respectable, if we lived by the narratives of the Kingdom of God? Would we be more radical, more spontaneous? Would we be less predictable as we responded daily, moment by moment, to The Lion of Judah, the Commander-in- Chief who rules the Universe.
Rich Mullins, the late songwriter, lived a non-domesticated life. He was a hero to me. Rather than have access to all his royalties, he had his board give him the salary of an average American. He lived simply in a trailer on an Indian Reservation to be near a people he loved and served.
Lord God, return me to the wonder and the wildness of a life chasing after you.
from James, Mercy Triumphs, page 200