We live in an interesting time, to say the least. Daunting might be closer to the truth.
Indeed, as we face the teen years of this twenty-first century, those who care about the future—about their children and about their children’s children—are taking stock of the trajectory that we find ourselves hurtling down.
If we want a better future now, we have to tackle tomorrow today.
And we do so armed with the unblushing promises of God. For the God of the rainbow and the God of the cross is well able to perfect that which concerns us.
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What if we’ve pursued secondary things as though they were primary things and have thus lost sight of what is primary? What if we’ve repeated the same mistakes our Old Testament brothers did?
What if we’ve allowed Greek philosophy to inform and shape our values, fudging the heart of God? What if we’ve settled for a truncated Gospel that eschews the scope and power of the Kingdom?
And if so, what mega shifts are required for us to rediscover the Heart and Mind of God? What mindsets require a radical overhaul in order to re-engage with the all-transforming Kingdom of God?
What if our message is cluttered with centuries of “added stuff”—good stuff that is now stale, bad stuff we should have turfed long ago, and extra stuff we could quickly shed? What if our dogma has become muddled, even messy?
Teaching old dogma new tricks is nigh impossible. Even the Master said new wine requires a new wineskin. A drastic rethink is necessary.
What if we could hear the words of Jesus with fresh, listening ears; ears unplugged from the discordant noise of today? What if we could see the ministry of Jesus with an open heart; a heart free from the residual clutter of our inherited traditions?
Perhaps we might unearth the old in a fresh way. As it was. As it ought to be.
Rediscovering the Message of Jesus, empowered by the Mission of Jesus, we’ll be equipped to communicate it afresh to a world still desperately seeking what we already have in Christ.