Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Elvis and Sally
Read this book.
I'm only a third of the way through, and already I'm getting uncomfortable and thirsty for more of YHWH.
The way Rob is talking in this book, its like he's discovered something about discipleship that I've only ever dreamed of. Is it possible to live like that?
I hope so.
I'm also sure he's gone and unintentionally prophecised over the situation of the Sally Army:
'Here's what often happens: Somebody comes along who has a fresh perspective on the Christian faith. People are inspired. A movement starts. Faith that was stale and dying is now alive. But then the pioneer of the movement - the painter - dies and the followers stop exploring. They mistakenly assume that their leader's words were the last ones on the subject, and they freeze their leader's words. They forget that as that innovator was doign his or her part to move things along, that person was merely taking part in the discussion that will go on ofrever. And so in their commitment to what so-and-so said and did, they end up freezing the faith.
What gets lost is the truth that whoever painted that version was just like us, searching for God and experiencing God and trying to get a handle on what the Christian faith looks like. And then a new generation comes along living in a new day and a new world, and they have to keep the tradition going or the previous paintings are going to end up in the basement.
The tradition then is painting, not making copies of the same painting over and over. The challenge of the art is to take wha was great about the previous paintings and incorporate that into new paintings.
And in the process, make something beautiful - for today.' (Rob Bell)
Two things really.
1) I desperately want God to help me reflect his image more, to no longer be sub-Christian but be the person he called me to be. This doesn't just require me do simply 'do stuff', but being transformed which leads to the service and other stuff.
If you feel the same then join me in praying now.
2) Someone told me that The Salvation Army is a sinking ship. My response is, if you think it is, then jump off and save yourself.
If, rather, like me, you think it needs its crew to patch up the holes in the stern and ask the One in charge to help steer it through the icebergs, then lets refer to point 1), get on our knees in prayer and get on our feet and love.