Originally posted Sept. 26, 2012 at GodTalk-Worcester. Republished with permission of the author.
When I watch “Parenthood” on NBC, it’s fun to see the creative writing play out about the family of 60-something parents, their four kids and spouses (or significant others) and grandchildren.
What does bother me from time to time is seeing that faith is pretty much absent in the lives portrayed (except for a daughter-in-law’s mom who appears to be Baptist). So, the rocky road that life can be is shown in all of its human-centered pain and despair without the hopefulness that a life in faith provides. The salvation of Christ and that blessing is not portrayed and lifted up as important, nor are any other faith traditions.
Something is missing on this show. And something is missing in a large portion of society.
When I walked onto the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus yesterday, I met a pleasant young man who is an upper classman and was raised in a Protestant faith tradition. In the course of conversation he stated to me that religion really doesn’t have any place in his life right now and ended with “Sorry.”
Something is missing in this life, and no, “I’m sorry” is the response that played in my head. I’m praying for him.
A professor at the school told me a couple of weeks ago that his take is religion needs to be lifted up at this and other higher institutions of learning so that the drive to succeed doesn’t continue to overshadow what our souls require: a faith connection. He thanked me for just “being present.”
It is abundantly clear that those of us who do know our God in a faith relationship need to not be shy about letting the God-light shine through us and warm the hearts and souls of the people we touch, because if the faith connection were not missing for more of the world’s population, things would be better overall for everyone. And any person of faith can make a positive difference; you don’t have to wear a collar!
Something is missing and by the grace of God and through the power of the Spirit, we have the ability to do something about it. Let your love-light shine! Pray, for others and yourself, and live the faith!
Find a link to Andrew Borden’s entry on the blog GodTalk-Worcester at Lutheran Blogs.
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