In a recent teaching (Part 1, Part 2), my friend Mark Sampson, explains how, through history, Christianity has become a faith of the individual. As a result of events like the Enlightenment have lost the communal dynamic of our faith. It has become a personal, interior faith, that is no longer lived out in a social context. As an individual today Faith has little place in my work, my studies and my play. I am expected to have my 15 mins with God each day and maybe some with the community of believers on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. My spiritual focus is on my “quiet times;” my times alone with God. My prayers (mostly) revolve around my decisions, my direction and my needs.
The Israelites, chosen to bless the world, didn’t live their faith out as individuals. They were a people, a community and God was THEIR god. God was their King (for a while). He was committed to them, and they were to Him (for a while). He was at the centre of every aspect of their culture, social, and economic framework (for a while).
As a Christian today, how can I live more as if God is OUR God and not just MY God. I’m not sure. But, he’s a challenge to any of you who are worshipers: What does worship look like if not longer a individual faith? Today at Church I couldn’t help but notice how me-ish the songs were. I couldn’t help but wonder what songs we would write with a different kind of faith.
Tracie and I have been thinking about our role here in Madison. We want to do more and we want to be more effective. We’ve started a process of praying about what that “more” looks like and how we fit in it. We both want to see the church rise up and be Christ in Madison, and want to see the truth of God and his world be communicated throughout the city.
We did a school a few years ago called the Humanities & Sciences: A Christian Perspective and have often talked of seeing that school pioneered in Madison. We would want it to be a school that is engaging with the campus – processing and discussing the things that they are learning with students down-town. I felt that if we didn’t do that, we would still be in a place of frustration – feeling like we are teaching all this amazing stuff, but it isn’t impacting the people who need it the most – it isn’t practical – it isn’t having any effect on the world!
As Tracie and I were talking, I started thinking about activism. I don’t know where it came from, but something connected with me. I was thinking: we have a lot to learn from the activist movement! Activists are so set on what they are active about. They are convinced that people need to know about whatever it is they are for (or against) and will do whatever it takes for that to happen. If they need funds, they fund-raise. They are committed to their cause.
For some reason I connect more with this framework than the missions framework. Maybe its because of the baggage that the term missions carries in my mind: that its about preaching and evangelism and mercy ministry, which are all good things, but not things that get my pulse racing. I can do activism! I can be a Christ activist. I want to have that same level of commitment and single-mindedness, pushing forward His causes. It’s really helped me to get re-motivated in some areas of my life and work. I’m going to continue to process things in this context.
KingdomTech aspires to blog about 4 things and their intermingling:
- Technology – all aspects, but focusing on web based IT.
- Discipleship – looking at the breadth of what discipleship actually is.
- The Church – what’s the church’s role in this
- Art – as an integral part of God’s creation