This time its about a movie that they don’t think does justice to his story. (Imagine, Hollywood not portraying reality!)
But when Noah really built the Ark–without the help of computer animation–his neighbors were simply mad because he wouldn’t let them sleep.
“All that incessant hammering and sawing. Those ridiculous animals stinking up the neighborhood. All that babbling on about “rain”–what in the world is rain anyhow? Stop the madness and let us sleep!?”
Noah was disturbing the peace.
Jesus said that many would miss His Kingdom because they were just like Noah’s generation–immersed in the mundane routine of life as it is.
You see, one of the most significant and essential characteristics of real Kingdom living is awareness.
The culture around us (and if we are honest, many of us) are Noah’s neighbors: preoccupied, drowsy, numb and unaware of the dark clouds forming. Alongside and in the middle of that, Jesus asks His people to live wide awake.
Awareness keeps us alive to reality; awake to the hidden eternity in each ‘now’ moment. It protects us from absorption with the current and obsession with the contemporary. It allows us to be present in an unseen reality that supersedes time and forms history.
We need more of Noah’s reverent irrelevance.
We need to stop bending our lives around the “modern”–relevance to an irrelevant lifestyle.
Reality is our only relevance.
It does not matter if we are pertinent to contemporary culture if that culture is impertinent to real truth. It is like being true to a plumb line that is completely askew. What good is it to be in correct alignment with something completely out of line with ultimate reality.
Face it: being in touch with the Kingdom will often cause us to be out-of-touch with current milieu–both of the culture and the church.
An aware life really has to do with staying in touch with the reality of a Kingdom that lies beyond but within the visible, tangible stuff of the everyday. It is about realizing that something we cannot quantify or codify is here. And something that is more real than all we can calculate or parse is coming.
Foolish living is forgetting that ultimate reality and acting as if this is all there is.
Fruitful living is remembering that reality and expressing the hope that there is so much more.
This fruitfulness–the natural expression of created purpose–is what separates timeless, eternal people from time-bound, earth-focused people.
It is why Noah built an Ark that disturbed the peace.