Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Risk" & "Intimacy"

I saw this little tidbit expressed on the web today:

"High risk equals high intimacy. Low risk equals low intimacy. Which would you rather have?"

Sounds like stuff from "Wild At Heart."

Now whether it refers to intimacy with God or others, (knowing the person and their church background, it is likely the former, but could include the latter as well,) what is the Biblical basis for this catch phrase? Where is "risk" in Scripture? And where is this emphasis on "intimacy" found in the Bible? And doesn't this idea presume "earning" or conversely "not obtaining" closeness with God? "Gotta work hard and strain to be tight with God!" Also in terms of God or Jesus taking a risk for intimacy...well the idea is ridiculously absurd. God doesn't take chances.

Risk = exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.

Which would I rather have? I guess I'd rather have perfected love.

the answer:
(1 John 4:18) "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

and:
(Heb 12:2) "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

and:
(Rom 5:3-5) "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; {4} perseverance, character; and character, hope. {5} 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."

Of course, with the Gospel, we are freed from the fear of being ridiculed or hurt by others, since we already have the favor of God by Grace.

2 comments:

The Convergence of Theology said...

I'd love to ask the person how is God triunely involved in their lives and how are they treating the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.......are they acting being nourished by faith in the the Eucharist? I'd bet that person has grace mixed up also.

srhoyle said...

yup.