ORANGE TIP: Still Haven’t Found…
For those of you who may not know, I’m a huge fan of the band U2 and I’m very excited that they are coming back to Australia this year. This tour they are playing, in full, what many believe is their greatest album ‘Joshua Tree’. One of the biggest hits on this album is the song ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.
For some, this song has seemed to be a statement of a lack, or loss, of faith. After all, Jesus told us that those who seek will find. For me though it speaks of a continuing journey, an ongoing seeking after God’s kingdom here on earth. In fact the song includes the lyrics;
“I believe in the Kingdom come,
When all the colours will bleed into one,
But, yes, I’m still running,
You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains,
Carried the cross of my shame,
You know I believe it”
It recognises the struggle we have knowing how far we, personally and as a society, fall short of God’s created ‘shalom’ and that we will not, in this life see this completely.
(According to Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord).
As parents and leaders of kids we are often tempted to present a picture of ourselves as having ‘made it’, that we have all the answers (or at least the important ones) and that we have found what we’re looking for. I suspect this is as much to comfort ourselves as it is to impress them.
Unfortunately, thais approach, as well as presenting an ultimately unrealistic picture of what faith is really all about, tends to shut down exploration, questions and discovery for our kids. If we can give them the answer, why should they do the work of seeking?
Allowing our kids to seek and find, and realise that they need to keep seeking and finding, and that, until we see God’s kingdom in full, they along with us, with each other, with all of creation, will be able to sing (or at least hum) with U2;
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”.
What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids…
And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world…
Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.
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