We are looking to an unlikely place for inspiration. We are looking to the pit…the BBQ pit that is.
Lights, fog, and lazers are fun. Flashes, bangs, and pops of pyrotechnics – also attractive in drawing a crowd.
At Stockholm Life Church, we are looking to a different example than the masters of the stage, sound, and light.
We are considering a different metaphor. We are looking to those who are rewarded for their patience. Those who know what it is to wait, and to find community while waiting. We are looking to the BBQ pit.
In our age of Fast food which inspires quick consumption, it’s no wonder that we also adopt speedy alternatives to those things that were meant to be savored. Faith communities, built on the teachings of the Bible, are not immune to our societal addiction to fast.
Preparing BBQ happens in multiple stages:
- Planning, gathering, and building a place for the fire
- Lighting the fire
- Waiting 1-2 hours to get the coals nice and even
- Placing the meat (apologies to my vegetarian friends)
- Waiting 5-10 hours, turning the food every hour or so…
You’ll notice two things that are essential to good BBQ: Slow (Time) and Low (Heat).
Slow: The process of BBQ is a dedicated process that demands more than just punching in a few digits into the face of a microwave. We wait for food that assumes the flavor, the taste of the fire. Learned from our time in Houston a while back, mesquite-smoked BBQ brisket is hard to beat! Getting the flavor of God into our thoughts and actions takes time spent with God and others…and long lasting relationships are built upon time studying the Bible, trusting God with our prayers, and simply hanging out.
Low: Really good BBQ, as well as in relationship, deserves a steady heat, an intentional fire. The flame must not be just a flash in the pan, it must be built to sustain a heat that completes the task, cooking all the way through. This metaphorical flame is none other than God comforting and challenging us to honor him.
This metaphor is far from perfect in explaining the external focus of the church, but it a great illustration on the internal growth of a faith community.
We are building upon the age-old tradition of talking, eating, and serving. Person-to-person is how Christ shared his care and his message, and this is how we will gather as Christ builds the church. All of the increase, whether it be in our maturity or the person who chooses to begin living after Jesus Christ, brings attention to God.
What a privilege it is to build a pit here in the Frozen North!
(Hopefully, an actual BBQ pit will be in the future of SLC) 😉