From Passion 2016 and one of my favorite artists Kristian Stanfill:
The past few weeks we’ve found ourselves in the midst of deep conversation about the intersection between faith and society. Voices call for more and less. Political factions take sides. Lines are being drawn.
There seems to be a race to the bottom, to be the most offended by people of faith. Personally, it has reminded me of the response of Jesus when asked about the greatest commandment. He replies to love God and love your neighbor, hardly the musings of a political leader.
For we know Jesus did not come for any earthly power. More than once the crowds and leaders of the day tried to bait him with questions and conflicts. Every time he made his way around it, destroying the conventions, structures, forces and “common sense.”
Eternity was at hand.
So what if we’ve gotten it wrong? What if the church stands at an important intersection, at the crossroads of potential? What if it is primed for a shift, for a new way of community, service, prayer and worship?
In a post last week, I added a song by Isla Vista Worship. Watching more of their stuff on Youtube, I found this video:
The narrative in the clip makes a statement that struck a chord with me. It says that worship music should be done with skill and artistry, that is should shape the sound of secular music.
Think about that. We’ve reacted for so long. What if it was time for Christian writers and artists to shape the narrative? To reflect the love of Jesus into society with such power and impact that it changes things, that it removes the debate.
It is time for change, for real and actual change. It is time to build fresh and living faith, to show real moves of the Spirit, to reach into communities and fight for those in need.
Are you ready?