Impress-ability and Wisdom
Could it be that much of western culture believes that the more impressive an item must be, the more life it must contain? What if wisdom is an opposite of this: the more life something contains, the more that something reshapes and redefines what we find impressive?
The big, powerful, and attractive are impressive in our culture; we all feel drawn to them in our seasons. We often associate these things with vitality. The more we see these large traits, the more we feel their gravitational pull. This pull and wiring of desire propels is to then pursue these abstractions in our religious dialog (moments we see in hindsight that struggle to get beyond religious salesmanship).
Wisdom in Christ, as we read him, is more frequently discovered in the antonyms of the large and powerful. Wisdom is found like a pearl in a large field, happened upon like a mustard seed, and seen within the face of the vulnerable.
In light of this, I wonder if there are fewer than we imagined among us who have met Christians who have been trained to pursue Jesus and his way of wisdom. There are such folks among us and their stories are deep, formative; when asked to describe these individuals, the Beatitudes feel to be about the only helpful descriptors. …either these folks are living icons of the Beatitudes and the Great Sermon or that they are visibly seen as practicing the way of life (wisdom) found within.
It is the likeness of these that we ought to pursue, imitating them as they imitate Christ. Doing so will usher in an era of Christian growth, rather than numerical expansion of the western religion. Doing so will find us walking in wisdom and life rather than constantly discovering our feet mired in the political clout and fight of attracting and selling a project of western religion imperialism (a religion that carries the name “Jesus” but not the biblical person found in the four Gospels).