Buzzard Christianity

If you put a buzzard in a pen with dimensions not exceeding 8 feet on either side and entirely open at the top, the bird will remain a prisoner in spite of its ability to fly. The reason is that a buzzard always begins its flight with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but stay a captive for life in a small enclosure with no top.

Some Christians act like captured buzzards, feeding off the past and refusing to fly into the great unknown for the sake of Christ. The future to them seems aboding, for the culture they now live in is strange and indifferent to their values. They prefer their cage, which represents safety and familiarity. But Christians are called to take the gospel to their culture, not keep it a prisoner with them!

Christian, you were made to soar like an eagle, not live like a buzzard! Stretch out your wings and catch the current of the Spirit. Go and make disciples in the culture you dislike, for who are you to fear, when He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).