Monday, December 08, 2014


Media and Meaning

Mark Daniels quotes Henri Houwen:
“The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But: Are you in love with Jesus? . . . In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, that reaches out and wants to heal.”
Today I am struck by how easy it is to do "big things." How simple it is to start a hashtag campaign or make a splash on an issue, but how incredibly difficult it can be to actually change the facts on the ground. In our increasingly media saturated world, media is not reality. And yet every Sunday morning grows more and more to resemble a media experience. And now that media has become personal we hide behind it and never deal in reality.

And yet, real solutions to real problems involves interacting with real people. Moreover it calls for changing the behavior of real people and that generally requires more than a hashtag or a "worship experience."

Jesus did not build the church - we built the church (at His instruction) - Jesus built people. The world cannot change, will not change unless we remember the basic mission of changing people, one at a time, the hard way. It's messy for them and it's messy for us.

Are you up to it?


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