Thursday, March 15, 2007

Counter Culture

I had to prepare myself for this one, because it may be one of the biggest shifts I have to take as an individual and it may be one of the biggest ones we have to make as a community. We are called to be counter-culture. This is not the culture that you are thinking. It is not North American, European, African or Fijian. It is counter-church culture.

No matter where you go, we are called to be salt and light. Dare I say it; there is no place like home that needs it the most. We have created a ‘nice’ place. ‘Nice’ people, ‘Nice’ environments, ‘Nice’ worship. But that is not what God called us to. Let’s look a little bit deeper.

Matthew 8:18-23 says this, “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead." Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.”

That is not the statement of a ‘nice’ man. That is the cut flesh from bone words of our saviour. Let the dead bury their own dead. That was their father he was talking about! What if your pastor told you that today? You’d probably phone the denomination and tell them he MUST be fired. I am learning that this cancer is not limited to just North America... but it is spreading through the world. We have carried our bad habits with us to the far reaches of the earth.

We must be FIERCE warriors, willing to confront sin and wrong in our lives and in the lives around us. We must pick up our spiritual armour and prepare ourselves to march into battle. The enemy is waiting, but are we ready? My thoughts? No... not yet. But our time will come. The Holy Spirit is calling His saints together once more, to strike back at the enemy and push them deep into their territory. It is time we march boldly to the very gates of Hades and stand with the power of God once more to say enough, you will not take any more. You will not have any more souls, because by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we oppose you and we WILL strike you back.

A worldwide effort that is very counter- Church culture.

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