Have you seen the TV show, What Would You Do?, on ABC’s 20/20? The show usually airs on Friday night and if Lynsi and I have absolutely nothing to do on a friday night you may find us tuned in to the show. To be honest, it’s hard not to be pulled into watching human beings respond to some of the most random scenarios. I confess, I’m a people watcher.
Many times these people are placed in situations that are challenging, uncertain and unexpected. Either way, they all demand a response.
I feel the question posed to the church today is,”What Are You Going To Do?” It’s not a secret that the church (global church) is facing some challenging, uncertain and unexpected realities. Over the past 50 years the church has tried to take it’s stand on moral and political issues. The rise of evangelical conservatism over the years has had some wins but I think there have been some losses too. When the church has an “us vs. them” mentality things go bad. And for many church going Christians, this is their way of thinking. All I have to do is check my news feed and see this victim mentality from some of my Christian friends. They flood my feed with political and social jargon and are sometimes downright offensive.
Evangelical Christianity has largely played the role of victim over the last 50 years. The church growth movement was, in large part, a way for the church to come together in safety. Sure, our churches grew, but many were running away from something rather than to something. Willow Creek, one of the largest churches in Chicago, was honest enough to say they missed the mark in their church growth strategy early on. They had the guts to release their findings in their own REVEAL study.
No longer can the church can take the position of a victim. It must become the rescuer.
Church leaders are beginning to see this reality and have a renewed sense of discipleship and missional living.
These are tough challenges and each church must figure out how be a rescue center that sends out rescuers (missionaries) to their communities and around the world.
If you were positioned to make an impact in your community, I ask you, in the words of John Quiñones, “What Would You Do?”