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(HUM 310) Journal #8: Safety and Danger - Abadoss' Mind
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Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 02:16 am
(HUM 310) Journal #8: Safety and Danger

What different views of danger are presented in the readings? How would you say that safety and/or danger fit into the Gospel? Do you want to be dangerous (in a Claiborne kind of way)? Why or why not?

Danger seems to be a pretty consistant theme in the readings that we've gone over. It seems that there is a lot of advocacy for not letting danger come between purpose and action. With a generation like mine, that seems to think it's always on the cutting edge and doing the dangerous things, we're really a very sheltered and safe-loving people. I think, even if we never go as far as Shane Claiborne, that my generation could benefit from a little danger. It certainly helped the faith of the first century Christians.

I think that danger is intimately tied to the Gospel and the life of a Christian. If we continually seek safety, how different would we be from anyone else. I suppose the truth of it is in the expression of it, though. "Danger" is going to mean different things for different people. For Claiborne, it meant advocacy for the poor and homeless in face of opposition. For Reuven, it meant befriending the guy who tried to kill him. For me, it might mean something completely different - perhaps challenging those of my own proclaimed religion. I don't think physical danger is the only type that we are to encounter. However, that doesn't mean that we can shirk away from physical danger because of it.

I do want to be dangerous in a Claiborne kind of way, but I want it to come from my means and expression. I'm not really a bandwagon type of person. I've been on too many to enjoy the ride much. I think I can use his model to fashion a means of my own. Just as Mother Teresa told him, "Find your own Calcutta," I still need to find mine. In the meantime, I'll keep searching for where I'm needed.

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