There’s lots of half-truths and myths and wishful thinking that we bandy around at church. We’re all as guilty as each other, which is kind of comforting to know. Unless you believe you have the whole and complete and unblemished truth of course, in which case it might be disconcerting.
One of the half-truths came to mind when I was doing my regular Saturday parkrun. I saw this sign. It spoke volumes.
When we come to Jesus we can give him our baggage and he can redeem it. All that stuff that has us back and holds us down. Guilt, bad habits, too much cheese. Cumbered with a load of care? Come to Jesus. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.
Half-truth. Theologically it works. Practically, it’s a work in progress. The trouble is when we give Jesus our baggage usually we are giving it via the church, which is when the “non-secure” part of the photo springs to mind.
This isn’t to say we don’t give it at all in case it goes wrong. At the parkrun we leave our baggage together in one place because there safety in a shared risk, and when someone is likely to be keeping an eye on it. Though of course we don’t leave our valuables in view, and if you’re like me you keep anything really valuable strapped to your arm (there’s another illustration there about leadership and vulnerability…).
So yes, we do place our burdens on Jesus, we allow him to nail it to the cross and deal with it… but we also live in the knowledge that it’s a work in progress, that when we do this we take risks, risks involve trust and though God won’t us down it might sometimes feel like it. And people probably will.
So, baggage. Non-secure, left at your own risk. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the half-truth.