Bubbles are fun. I recently watched a video clip of a woman who entertains people all over the world with bubbles. She does amazing things with various size tools that help form massive and then tiny bubbles, fill them with smoke, split them, build with them and utterly mesmerize her audience with her beautiful artistry set to compelling music. Her finale ends with putting herself inside a bubble only to pop it from inside with an expressive gesture of freedom. It really was mesmerizing and incredible.
It made me think of the church and something that I have found to be unhealthy and dangerous to the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many good church going Christians live in what I and others call the Christian Bubble. The bubble is the place where many Christians prefer to live surrounded by like-minded, caring people, consistent and predictable worship services, programs for the kids and some for the adults, outreach projects now and again and an all-around comfortableness. Everyone by and large thinks the same, sends their kids to the same school, expect the same things, patronize one another’s’ places of business… you get the picture. Everything is kept “in house” as close as possible. It feels safe and predictable.