Safe Faith

I've been thinking more and more about this false reality called "safety and security". We value it as Americans. But I have a hard time seeing how Jesus valued it in Scripture. I don't see why Jesus would give his life so that his followers could be safe. Truth be told: Jesus doesn't value it and he didn't give his life for that end. Safety is pretty counter-intuitive for a Jesus follower.

When it comes to adoption, issues of safety, security, and "right decisions" are at the very center for why not to adopt (or foster!) orphans. I came across this blog, and was really challenged to continue thinking about these issues. Please read "A Greater Capacity".

While I'm ALL FOR listening to the wisdom of case managers, social workers, parents, mentors, and close friends, sometimes that's not the final word of wisdom. I wonder if sometimes our reasons not to do something "extreme for Jesus" has more to do with our rationalizing, over-analyzing, excuse making, and hiding behind our "con" lists. I wonder if our Gospel would become more fully lived out if we practiced making "foolish for Christ" decisions as often as we made decisions in the name of wisdom.

I'd love your thoughts.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, sheโ€™s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.