Recently came across Brian McLaren's three emergencies in a blog post of his
" 1. The Crisis of the Planet: How can we reorient our economy around sustainability and regeneration rather than consumption and environmental degradation?
2. The Crisis of Poverty: How can we address the growing economic gap between a powerful rich minority and the marginalized poor majority of our world’s people, especially when rich corporate elites have found ways to co-opt democracy and control political agendas here and around the world?
3. The Crisis of Peace: How can we move beyond the morally bankrupt and economically bankrupting endless wars of terrorism and counter-terrorism to pursue peace through justice and reconciliation in a world armed with too many and too-dangerous weapons?"
I totally agree. I find it is refreshing to find another christian who has the same priorities as those on my mind. Reminds me of that old Quaker quote: "True godliness does not turn men [sic] out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it."
. My understanding of our faith is that it calls us to look forward to the future Kingdom that can come to birth amongst us as we follow Christ. That is where we belong and we are going to feel a little bit homeless in this world because of it.
Simple, effective faith. Wait on God, learn to know God, help one another to do what God wants us to do, stand in God's power and go forward in it. Our stripped-down church structure is meant to help us respond to the call of God and to receive the functional spiritual gifts God equips us with through each other, ready to do what God would have us do.
There is a planetary emergency: carbon, poverty, war. I find a lot of confusion around, and a lot of fear. Christ's light can shine through the confusion and dispel fear. Is our faith functional enough to help us respond? Are we able to recognize and respond to God's call in this time, collectively and individually? The church of the future is built on how we live our faith today. Although we have rich endowment of gifts of our forebears in faith we can draw on, we have to fetch them out and use them. Have we trained, are we equipped to spread Good News to those who need help and direction in this time, calling them to belong in God's future world of peace and justice as well, and sharing the skills and tips we've learned so far on the way?