When I heard Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman’s story yesterday about winning the Pulitzer Prize for their investigative reporting in Philadelphia, I couldn’t stop listening. It was just a fascinating story.
But here is the one statement that hit me like a ton of bricks. They were talking about the risks involved with walking the streets and knocking on doors for interviews as ethnic and social minorities, and Barbara Laker said this:
we kind of went with this no matter what and put … our safety on the back burner.
Here are two women who are willing to go to great lengths for the sake of their story. They are willing to meet people, cross boundaries, risk retaliation from police, and more for the sake of their larger purpose.
Okay, so here is the rub. If these women are willing to risk so much for this story, how much are we willing to risk for the greatest story? Sometimes, I fear that I’m far too safe with my Christianity. It’s hard not to. Our culture encourages us to think about long-term and short-term security.
But as Alan Hirsch says, “The closer we get to Jesus, the more He challenges our middle-class sensibilities.”
So, are we willing to put our safety on the back burner, and risk it all for the sake of God’s larger kingdom purposes?
How have you been risky in your pursuit of Jesus?