Helpful Tidbits for Organic Church Life                                     November 10, 2008
Live the Revolution
My Reflections
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Revolution by George Barna has some good things to say, especially in a few of the later chapters where he deals with Christian character.

In this week's excerpt notice the emphasis on meaningful activity as opposed to extemporaneous activity. In a world that revels in organizing, protesting, and proselytizing, it's sometimes difficult to remember that what God wants most is our love demonstrated by obedience. It worked well for Jesus.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION/TOPIC: I don't feel like I'm doing enough for the cause of Christ. What should I do?
Live the Revolution 
Excerpt from Revolution by George Barna
Revolution_ObjectThis revolution is not something you join; it's a way of life. Jesus made clear that the entrance fee for membership in this club is repentance, obedience, love, and service. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "The Revolution is as Revolutionaries do." Most revolutions - American, French, Russian, digital, gay, civil rights, and others - gained ground for their cause by following a strategic plan. God's revolution, however, has no incremental plan. This war is won by the fanatics on God's side living in concert with the revolutionary ideals that Jesus prescribed.

This is a war that is not won by force. It is won by the daily demonstration of courageous faith - the faith to be God's person wherever He puts you, doing whatever He calls you to do.

Don't wait to sign. Just live it.
My Reflections
Yesterday morning I was at Panera Breads working on dissertation stuff in a quiet corner. About a half hour into my visit two ladies began putting tables together right beside me, one after another, readying for a crowd of twenty or so.

For the next half hour the rest of their party arrived, two-by-two, all women except two. The two-by-two is important in this case; these were "lesbians" (their terminology) gathering to discuss the successful passage of California's Prop 8 along with their failure to shoot it down (state legislation that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman). They were also gathered to discuss next-steps stating, "It's only a matter of time."

Trapped in the corner I did my best to do my work, but couldn't help overhear most of their dialogue. What struck me was their zeal, their utter passion for their "civil right" to be recognized as wife and wife.

As I looked on something welled up inside me. Where's my crowd of twenty looking to storm the gates of the Capital?

Early in ministry I usually felt better when I stayed busy, working on the Kingdom's behalf. Diligently, I stayed up on all the latest ministry techniques, raised capital, and sought to gather others around common vision. Although none of these activities are bad things, after 18 years of thinking purposefully about "ministry," I can't help but wonder if it's all foolishness, a chasing after the wind?

Today, when I'm feeling like I need to "do more," I do things a little differently than in days past. Now, I head to my "prayer closet" knowing full well that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph 6:12).

When I consider the ministry of Jesus, I'm mindful that he never gathered an army to storm Rome's gates. Instead, by humbly obeying the Father and proclaiming the Kingdom right where he was, Rome came to Jesus.

Nothing's changed.
Hope this was of some benefit to you.

Traver Dougherty
The Banqueting Table