Webster Bull is asking the question too many of us are hearing... but too often are setting aside pondering an answer... to our detriment and the detriment of society:
When my daughter and I walked the Camino de Santiago this spring, we learned about the history of this traditional pilgrimage route, which opened for business near the end of the first millennium AD. For many centuries before the advent of motorized transport, millions of Christians walked hundreds, even thousands of miles through hard terrain, assaulted by brigands, plagued by disease, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, in order to visit the final resting place of an apostle of Jesus, St. James the Greater, in Spanish Santiago. Then they walked home again.
While walking (one way) myself, I was struck by a fact and by a question. A very small percentage of our fellow pilgrims in 2012 were walking the Camino with an overtly religious goal in mind; most were walking for health, as a vacation, as cultural adventurers, and/or for vague if personal spiritual benefits. This fact led to this question:
Is there any cause today, religious or otherwise, for which you and I—the average Westerner—would face dangers like those faced by Catholic pilgrims of the Middle Ages? Is there any mission we hold so dear?
Naturally, I thought of our fathers’ generation, who waged what may have been the last just war, against Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. Many made the ultimate sacrifice for a mission they held sacred. What about our generation? What was our mission when we were of military age? Or was our mission to avoid the mission? What is our mission today?
Assuming there were such a mission, what would we be willing to sacrifice for it?
He attempts an answer... and anyone interested in the truth... and its defense... might want to follow the link and read the rest.
It's good stuff.