I’m in the strange in-between world that is kind of like being awakened and working through the fogginess until one can think and see clearly. It’s a process. Being a Caucasian / Native American guy that looks more Caucasian than Native I am part of the majority. Having adopted an African-American son I have been getting my eyes opened to another world that exists under my nose. If you are not AA, you can’t see it or experience it unless you are connected to it.
I never noticed it until I was encouraged to leave certain places because my son was AA. Of course my initial response is to go to war physically and beat the hell out of somebody. Yeah, I know, some are offended I said hell, but until it happens to you, you may not get it. It’s called being a man.
By Father’s good providence I have had the honor of getting to know and love some African-American men as my friends and brothers in Christ. My eyes continue to open. I don’t expect everyone to get what I’m saying, but I do expect Christians to say and act like Christians not Republican, Democrats, Liberals or Conservatives. I expect Christians to act as though they are citizens of a higher kingdom with the King, Jesus, ruling them.
In light of the hell breaking loose in Ferguson and in other places, I thought Darrin Patrick’s advice on Ferguson was well said and to the point.
Please read it and think on it. Please don’t contribute to the problem by ignoring it, or picking dark sides rather than being on Jesus’ side of healing, reconciliation, love and unity in the Kingdom.
Finish bringing all things under your headship and come Lord Jesus!
Earlier this week I tweeted out a statement that can cause some to curl the nose and make others stand up and cheer. The statement is that missions is not a calling; its an issue of obedience. For those who would say that missions starts at home, this idea poses a threat to their well entrenched thinking. For those who believe the Great Commission is the church’s mission, then this idea provides great hope.
Let me be clear about defining mission first. Missions is the proclamation of the good news of the kingdom to places it has not be proclaimed and evidenced through he establishment of disciples who form into a church out of the domains of society. Missions is NOT local evangelism. In other words, don’t call a trip to the inner city to do relief work “missions”. That also cheapens the task.
It’s clear what I think. But does this idea have biblical roots? Of course. When Jesus gave us the Great Commission he was not just speaking to the audience gathered at his ascension. Jesus was speaking to the whole church. How do we know? We know because Jesus assures them in Acts 1:8 of the surety of the mission when he tells them they “will be his witnesses” to the utter most parts of the earth. We know Jesus gave this mission to the whole church because the book of Acts records the whole church participating in this Great Commission. It’s clear what Jesus’ intention is.
Jesus’ intention produces such statements as “You either go or send or disobey”, by men Like John Piper. Jesus’ intention also produces books like “Glocalization” by Bob Roberts Jr. Go get this book today! http://www.amazon.com/Glocalization-Followers-Jesus-Engage-World/dp/0310267188 Bob did not ask me to do that either. It’s just a vital read.
The bottom line is that if we make missions a “call” we can justify our failure to get more than our few dollars involved. If we can’t justify a failure to make the Great Commission our whole mission then we have to change our strategies.
The truth is that missions is an issue of obeying Jesus’ command and indigenously figuring out how to make sense of that command in the local church.
Just ask yourself the question that Bob Roberts Jr. asked himself, “What if the church was the missionary?” and start answering the question.