Street level theology often remarks, “God will not give us more than we can bear.” Aside from all of the accompanying issues the very statement raises, it is generally predicated on one verse, 1 Corinthians 10:13. A close read of this verse in its context reveals a community falling while standing. We personalize this verse viewing it as a pocket promise for feeling the weight of life’s stresses. The intent is to address a people facing temptation realize the need for dependence on the Triune God.
One chief temptation we face is to re-calibrate the way the world works for us. We are always in need of something of a Copernican Revolution in our personal lives and the experience of our faith communities. Rather than inhabit a planet wherein all turns around us, we need revolutionaries who will remind us it does not. Habits and practices in our communities of faith help bolster us against the normal human temptation to want to be the center rather than find Jesus our center.
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