Pew Potatoing and Landing a Plane Pt 2. So, how does this play out in Christianity?
Valley’s, Mountain tops, and Plateaus
We are not all in the same place in our Christian walk. Some are in valleys, some on mountain tops, some in transition up or down, and yes, some on plateaus along the way. We see Elijah in a world of hurt w depression in a valley in 1 Kings 19. We see Peter in a world of hurt for denying Christ in the Gospels, another valley. Yet, we also see Peter on a mountain top, both figuratively and literally during the transfiguration. Plateaus seem surprisingly absent in scripture, albeit most certainly they do exist in ones Christian walk. In a lot of ways, I think plateaus bring us to trust God more fully, even though they are not so much fun being in them.
However, just as in learning to fly, their are times when static contemplation and synthesis can be perceived as stagnation or even back sliding leading to discouragement, yet are very much part of growing in Christ. The key to discerning / avoiding / dealing with discouragement is awareness and perseverance. Awareness that plateaus / pew potatoing occurs, and such is not always a bad thing if discerned properly… and that a plateau might well be viewed as a form of suffering, which then ties right into Romans 5 with perseverance.
Not only so, but we[co] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
If we find pew potatoing, is it really a plateau in growth, or is it like the passive, unengaged flight student in rote mode? Some observations…
Travis hit on this a while back with the following as concerns the dangers of passivity and as he says, in-grown, self-centered worship.
When worship is turned into an excuse to avoid our calling, it is insincere at best and idolatrous at worst—we worship a golden calf made in our own image.
Another observation concerning passivity and lack of engagement from JessicaB:
…have never read the bible for themselves. Their thoughts and ideas about God and Heaven are mostly folklore and old wives tales that have been told to them by a grandma or neighbor…or tv.
I could literally elaborate on this into infinity. So I’ll cut myself off by saying: these generalized set of nominal christian’s I’m talking about…
Have never had their lives changed.
@rev3j stated the following on twitter:
in my experience it more often result in inoculations which prevent viral transference
well what I see in the gospels is two distinct groups of people disciples and the crowd disciples actively follow crowds worship praise & listen to messages but they aren’t disciples because they aren’t actively following. Jesus bids us follow
Pew Potatoing and Passivity Under Pressure
The saddest part, is when pew-potatoing gets put under pressure, it usually crashes and burns… just as what would likely happen to a passive unengaged flight student if left alone and unguided.
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