Every week I get a mailing from Leadershipjournal.net . It is American and I have to translate it to work in my context. Often Gordon MacDonald has a column. I really like the column- he inhabits the American evangelical camp but he speaks deeply and he speaks sense, IMHO ( did you notice the use of the word ‘but’ there…I bet Freud or any NLP practitioner woould have a field day with that...).
Â I was reading a column of his this week. It hit me hard. He speaks from inside an American boomer culture but manages to be gracefully critical of that. Some comments on our economic downturn:-
”Some are open to a word from God. One might dream that such people would hear of a Jesus who never let money or stuff or status define him. One might be tempted to brood on the significance of His words, “The son of man (the prince of Heaven) does not have a place to lay his head.”
‘While there is always an appropriate moment to identify those who have walked outside the law, the first search ought always to begin with oneself. Prophets believed this. That means that I start with questions such as: how have I been complicit in the economic disorder which rages. Have I lived beyond my personal means? Have I incurred irresponsible debt? Have I lived indulgently, a lifestyle directed more by culture than by the influence of Christ? Has my life’s purpose been more about acquiring stuff than living a life of generosity and compassion? What bothersome questions these are!’
‘But now that many people have been “victimized” by the greed and dishonesty in the system, perhaps there may be room to get the conversation going and ask some of these formerly-resisted questions: How did we allow ourselves to mix Christian faith and Wall Street economics so completely that we find it difficult to tell where one leaves off and the other takes up?’
Some are open to a word from God. One might dream that such people would hear of a Jesus who never let money or stuff or status define him. One might be tempted to brood on the significance of His words, “The son of man (the prince of Heaven) does not have a place to lay his head.”
Ouch ouch ouch. That all hurts. Even hearing though I am a British, lefty, child of post modernism. I thank God for people like this… so I guess that’s Grace…tough though…..