Today’s posting is non-scientific. Today’s posting does not have a lot editorial flashes attached. Today’s posting is just my ramblings about the Church, something almost as near and dear to my heart as God (mind you that the Church is not God nor does it even come close to God – but I love as much as anyone).
At this time in the Church’s history we stand on the brink of a shift that, based upon history, is due to happen. Every 500 or so years our church moves forward with reformation. Creeds have caused shifting. Luther’s 95 theses tipped the world’s hat to the last major one. But in 2010, we are due for one.
While at 2010 Georgia Pastor’s School this week, I heard a lot of discussion about the imago dei and about pastoral self-care (very important shop-talk). In all of the discussions I heard one sentence from Steve Harper of Asbury Seminary that put all of the puzzle pieces together for me – “The Church is in the beginning moments of a new reformation and what it looks like nobody is yet quite certain.” So what is this new reformation and what will it look like? Here are my thoughts…
…The new reformation will be drawn on ECONOMIC and FINANCIAL lines.
Many other believers have said many things about the new reformation being something doctrinal. I disagree. I believe that doctrines, though they have been changed by many (Read 1,2,3 Jn; Col), are not and will not be the determinants of this reformation. The Doctrines of Christ (the essentials of the Faith) will remain. I am confindent of this. The essentials of the faith then are still the essentials and shall remain that way.
When I returned to Atlanta yesterday from Saint Simons Island, I saw a billboard on GA Hwy 16 that read “Jesus is not a Socialist.” This may be true on some level but I would also like to have seen a billboard reading “Jesus is not a Capitalist EITHER!” Christ is neither socialist nor is Christ a capitalist. Christ is something distinctly OTHER!
We people look at Christ and we very often seek attributes that we recognize. Very often the attributes we see are those that we SEE IN OURSELVES. But, that does not connote that Christ is exclusively like US!
I am convinced now more than ever that the next reformation will be ECONOMIC/FINANCIAL. The next movement of the Church will be an overarching sea change in the economy of churches. If I’m right, there will be many, many implications of which I don’t know where to begin.
Send me your thoughts! What do y’all think?