Too Many Thoughts in My Head :: Stability (2/4)

27Nov04

I must let them out.

Churches and Community.

The (new) Counter-Cultural Movement: Stability.

On Buying a Home.

Podcasting and why it should be as free as humanly possible.

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The (new) Counter-Cultural Movement: Stability

I wanted to get this written earlier, but let’s see if I can get these thoughts out of my head and on to the blog. Lots happening in our life right now (see last two posts about our new house).

Our buying of a house is related to stability, and I’ll explore that in part 3/4, but I want to lay some ground work first.

Stability.

If you Google “define:stability” you get various definitions of “stability”. One of my favs is “the ability of an object to stay in one place.” I also like – “that condition of a body which causes it to be restored to its original equilibrium after a disturbance.”

One of my observations of many conversations around “emerging” things (culture, church, etc…) is the pervasive feeling of liminality. The “in-between-ness” … always in transition… never settled…. “open-ended-ness”….

I definitely can relate. Our last 3 years (and this past one in particular) has been lived in liminality.

My hunch is that in the past (say 1950s? or certainly when our ancestors lived an agrarian lifestyle) people lived more stable lives. Children were born, grew up in the household of their birth, married young, began a household not too far away, wash, rinse, repeat. I’m not attempting to glorify the “good ole’ days” or call for a regressive stance. Rather, in the world in which we live, where many feel always “in process” and never settled, perhaps the greatest counter-cultural movement we can make is toward stability.

Maybe what a watching world that yearns for home and feels the constant pressure of “the next big thing”, really needs is to see a People who make their home in a foreign land. A People who choose for stability in the face of tension and tenuousness.

For some reason, I expect this position to not be a popular one. Some how I expect to hear the criticism that we are to be “aliens in a foreign land” or that “this is not our home” and that we should be careful not to settle for the “things of this world”. Well, that’s not really what I’m saying. I’m saying let the Kingdom come on earth (in your neighborhood, in your city, town, ‘burb, in your household) as it is in heaven. Just let it. Don’t force it (you can’t). Don’t inhibit it (you can). Just let it.

We need to say – by our actions of buying homes, putting down roots, not lusting over the “next new thing”, confessing that the grass is not greener – that God cares and his People care about this place. If we hope that our neighbors will see the child born in a manager and bow on bended knee then we need to practice our own bowing in their presence – over and over and over and over again.

In a world where status quo = mind-numbing sameness then a counter-cultural movement of change (going to the furthest reaches and deep dark jungles) may be a really good way that God stirs the point and causes others to see that his People live by the movement of his Spirit and where ever that takes them. But in a world where status quo = transition and liminality, then a counter-cultural movement of stability speaks volumes about a God who has not abandoned us. Though we may yet feel as exiles we make our home here (seems to me God said something about this in the prophets). This leads us back into the conversation about community.

As Mike points out our need for community is much more (deeper) than just a cultural situation. I totally agree. He says, “It’s not just the desparately needed response to our current “American funk.” It is the cry deep within all creation, that only God can satisfy, and embodies His mysterious plan (Col. 1., Eph. 1-3, etc.). The Psalmist, ever the truth teller, proclaims, “How good it is, how pleasant, where the people dwell as one!” (Psalm 133:1 NAB). The western evangelical call for personal salvation mitigates, in some troubling ways, against the formation of Trinitarian relationships.”

Not sure how coherent all that was… I had many distractions. But it is a challenge and call from God that Sarah and I (and I think VC as a whole) is hearing. Stay PUT. Choose Stability. Put down roots. Grow deep. Think Lonnnngggggggg. This is the main reason we went ahead and purchased a home. We are choosing for stability. More on that later.

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