As Christians, We Must Re-Think Who We Are and Why We Exist

Our response, if any, to this challenge must flow out of the logic of the incarnation (John 20:21).

Incarnational Christianity is NOT:

  • The delivery of messages to believers, no matter how well those messages are prepared or delivered
  • The proliferation of programs for the churched (or even the unchurched for that matter)
  • The communication of truth to those who do not have it
  • The planting of new churches (gasp – this one hurts a guy like me ’cause I sort of make planting new churches the theme song of my spiritual pity parties)

Incarnational Christianity is

  • Being Christ in the world
  • Being Christ for the world

Being incarnational will never be easy. Living out the Great Commission, itself rooted in the incarnation and pointing us all toward a death to self-reliance and personal autonomy, will always lead us into conflict (many times violent, bloody conflict. And even more often with those within the church rather than those outside it).

Kairos is a Greek word usually translated with the English word “time.”But, as is so often the case, much is lost in translation. It means the right time, the opportune time, the perfect time. All things have come together for just such a moment as this.

The time is right for the church to reclaim its role in world history.The times in which we find ourselves are pregnant with God’s profound and hidden purpose. This is a kairos moment.

The question is, “Who is sick of playing church and is willing to live out the implications of the incarnation?”

I like to think that I am. But, I’ve been wrong (self-deceived) before.

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