Heather at “A Deconstructed Christian” wrote a post called “Going to the next level”. This is what she wrote.
I’ve decided. I’m going to the next level in God. I’m going to be empowered by an incredible, enthusiastic, visionary leader and take this city for Christ. I’m going to be a vibrant, passionate, charismatic believer who takes excellence seriously. I’m joining a vibrant, contemporary, growing church with a powerful message that impacts the world and has a vision statement that involves loving life, loving people and loving God. I’m getting connected to a small group that will move me into that next level and take me into the unknown, teaching me to drink that living water and walk by faith. I have a vision for this nation, I’m going to see revival sweep across this land.
Before you say anything, please read the whole post here.
The part that stayed with me was this sentence. “We’ll take this city for Christ.” It’s a sentence that I’ve heard a lot during the past 6 months and it’s definitely been around since I said it 20 years ago 🙂
Then a thought hit me over the head. How would a town/city look like when it’s been won for Jesus? What kind of a town would it be? This could be fun. What do you think a town/city would look like, if it’s been won for Jesus?
I’ve never tagged people before but I am going to on this one. The rule, write about it and tag at least two other people. I’m going to tag a few more fellow journers.
Before I give it a shot, let me begin to say that this is very difficult for me. It seems I can only think in cynical and sarcastic ways about the question. For instance, what will the city decide to do if relatives come to visit who are not Christians? What will the rules be? Will there be rules for the visitors? What about gay people. Will they all be celibate? Will they have to be? Or will they be “cured”? What about the leaders. Will they please everybody? Or will the whole population submit to the decisions of the leaders? Will there be any leaders? Will there be rich people? Will everybody work hard? What will the working hours be if we are content with what we have? What about cars and pollution? Will there be car accidents in such a town? What about illness? Will everyone be healed? Will there be professional sport? Hip-hop music? Will everybody be nice? Will children listen to their parents and will teenagers have high morals? What denomination will everybody be? These are some of the questions that keep on bugging me. So, what do you think a town/city would look like, if it’s been won for Jesus? (For me it’s an impossible question, but I am going to take up the challenge.)
In my town…everyone will know that we are fallen and broken. The environment will be sopping wet with grace, grace saturated, grace drenched and flooded with grace. In short, it will be so grace-logged that people will struggle to move past each other. Neighbors will know each other. Really KNOW them. People will be encouraged to be real. Real laughter. Real friendship. Real crying. The people will think of the consequences of their actions. The wellbeing of the environment will be significant. Recycling is a given. The strong will live for the weak. There will be time. Words like hurry, rush, urgency, speed, dash and fast will only be found in a forgiveness context and not in everyday busy-ness. Having said that, the X-games will be a monthly feature 🙂 People will be given freedom to do what they want. (This is not a problem because we will want what the Father wants.) There will be enough freedom to walk away from it all and enough love to welcome the wayward back. The city will be known for the love between the people. Lots of people will leave because they want to share what they know to be a reality. Problems will be met with humility and seen as a way to get closer to the Father. Money will not be an issue. People will not be grouped. No longer will there be a thing such as a singles group or a group for divorced mothers. Men will love their wives and serve them. Orphans will have fathers and widows will have someone that fixes the radio or the plumbing. No old age homes. We will not be afraid of dying. Worship will be a way of living not just something you do with your mouth. People will be known for who they really are. No longer will we need the mask. People’s worth will be the Fathers love for them. I can go on and on.
I did however not give practical answers. I did not really answer any of my bugging questions. Perhaps you can. What do you think?
I’m tagging Heather because she is the inspiration for this post.
I’m tagging Barb because she reads my stuff.
I’m tagging Grace because her name says it all.
I’m tagging Erin because she loves conversation.
I’m tagging Jeff because he has written half of the posts I’ve wanted to write.
I’m tagging you 🙂