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The Church’s “Road to Damascus” Moment

Yesterday (as in, the presidential election and such) should be a wake up call to the Church universal that it’s not just our usual way of doing things that need to be replaced; it’s also our beliefs themselves.

The world is weird

People began pointing out early statistics that a matchup between Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders would have gone better than vs. Joe Biden.

Others began to comment on how “latino” is not a monolithic community nor a reliable demographic predictor of political persuasion.

And, after Donald Trump falsely declared victory, an even more far, far right political pundit chastised him in agreement with the Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But, the church thinks it is normal

Now, what are so many churches (of whatever theological slant) doing in response to yesterday?  They are trying to keep people calm and collected (like it’s normal).

What do ministry leaders often believe is our role in society?  To set some kind of ethical or moral standard (normality) for the culture.

What are the typical results to this thinking?  That Church is where “normal” is created and distributed.

What is the alternative?

This is a “road to Damascus” moment for the Church universal: our presumptions and beliefs about ourselves is pushing Jesus away (if not down).

Jesus was (and is) complex and contradictory in a world that was (and still is) too simple and well-categorized.

Therefore, it feels like a mistake to see ministry as solely helping people make sense out of what is seemingly non-sensical.  After all, that is not what scripture shows Jesus was trying to do.

Instead, it looks like a better future for ministry is in showing people how to sense what is being broken and re-made out of what is seemingly too stable and solid.

James from PASTORIA
Founder and Chief Guidance Officer