Do you view your Christian faith as a precious object to be preserved, kept carefully out of any situation that will challenge it? Chuck Swindoll relates an amusing anecdote from Oliver Cromwell’s reign to make a point about the true purpose of faith:
During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there. After investigating they reported: “The only silver we can find is in the statues of the saints standing in the corners.”
To which the radical soldier and statesman of England replied: “Good! We’ll melt down the saints and put them in circulation!”
That brief but direct order states the essence of the practical goal of authentic Christianity. Not rows of silver saints crammed into the corners of cathedrals, but melted saints circulating through the mainstream of humanity. Where life transpires in the raw.
Swindoll goes on to describe the life of a “melted saint”—it means means living a God-honoring life amid the questions, challenges, and temptations of “real life.”
Is your Christian faith kept “safe and sound,” hoarded in isolation from the world? Or do you freely “spend” grace and love on those around you?