Liberals are constantly pushing Christians to make our churches “safe spaces” for various liberal victim groups. We must not give in.
Any space where Christ is present is not safe.
You can ask the money changers in the temple. Or ask the Apostle John, who saw the revelation of Christ as the Conquering King who slaughters his enemies so that blood runs through the streets.
Jesus isn’t safe–for anyone. He calls us to come and die. He’s not accepting. He doesn’t tolerate us. He has no designs for boosting our self esteem.
But He’s good.
And the death we die in Him is the only way to truly live. He doesn’t accept us as we are because He means to transform us. He replaces our weakness and sin with His righteousness and power.
Why would we ever want to be safe?
This post partially inspired by these lines from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia story, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”:
“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”