The Taser's Edge


on rob bell (and thankfully not)

From Romano Guardini‘s The Lord (emboldened by me):

Woe to me if I say: “I believe” and feel safe in that belief.  For then I am already in danger of losing it (see Cor. 10:12 [sic]).  Woe to me if I say: “I am a Christian” – possibly with a side-glance at others who in my opinion are not, or at an age that is not, or at a cultural tendency flowing in the opposite direction.  Then my so-called Christianity threatens to become nothing but a religious form of self-affirmation.  I “am” not a Christian; I am on the way to becoming one – if God will give me the strength.  Christianity is nothing one can “have”; nor is it a platform from which to judge others.  It is movement. I can become a Christian only as long as I am conscious of the possibility of falling away.  The gravest danger is not failure of the will to accomplish a certain thing; with God’s help I can always pull myself together and begin again.  The real danger is that of becoming within myself unchristian, and it is greatest when my will is most sure of myself.  I have no absolutely no guarantee that I shall be privileged to remain a follower of Christ save in the manner of beginning, of being en route, of becoming, trusting, hoping and praying.

 


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