Evangelical Christians have a long history of highlighting climactic and decisive moments. In our highly dramatized rhetoric we’ve stressed the need to be prepared to say just the right thing when the moment arises, to stand boldly for the faith when challenged or pressured to compromise.
I grew up hearing this sort of preaching all the time. Looking back, I think it made me devalue mundane faithfulness.
What about day-in and day-out virtues like honesty, kindness, charity, self-control? What about the faithful friend who rarely says anything profound but is always available? What about the person who shows up regularly and cares about his work over a lifetime? What about the husband or wife who will never write a book or give a seminar, but is faithful for the life of a marriage? What about the parent who has sacrificed career opportunities for the sake of serving family?
And how many climactic moments in life are there?
Just wondering . . .