Here is just a brief conversation I have had recently with a young creative person who is on staff at a mega-church in the mid-west. She has given me permission to share this with you. She shares a bit of her frustration with the current thinking in her environment regarding originality and creativity in the church. I think this resonates with many of us. This will act as an introduction to my thoughts on indigeneity in the church that I will try to write next week
Her initial thoughts -
i have so much to learn.
so many habits to let go of...
ways of thinking to change.
a new lens to look through.
being the same is making me sick.
i feel like i am watching our culture...our time in civilization depreciate.
culture (in all aspects) is like biology. a living, breathing cycle....but filled with the fingerprints of humanity's interpretation of life.
it seems as if we are going in the direction of cloning everything, music. art. religion. methodology. ourselves.
why can't we be different? why can't we be authentic - to ourselves. to others. to our world. our world deserves nothing less from us.
personally speaking, my Father deserves nothing less from me. how can i glorify Him with what he has given me...set me apart to do...if i am just like everyone else? He is singing to me. a unique melody. just like he is singing to you.
but if we continue in this cycle of reproducing each other's "songs," it will eventually lead to the destruction of all things sacred. glory in it's fullness will not exist. how can it?"
- My first response-
"You are absolutely right! I wish I had the time to devote to that article I promised you I’d write.
But, you are right on track.
When we go to conferences, it’s great to be inspired. To be renewed in vision. But it’s a mistake to try and look like and sound like them.
We need to learn to fish. It doesn’t help if we are handed the fish.
What is God birthing in your time and place right now?
What song is He singing to and through your community right now?
You are unique in all the universe. Unleash the God ordained, unique potential that may be lying dormant in your community. Help people realize their passions and dreams in Christ.
If you do this, you will look and sound like yourself to the glory of God who made you for this time and place in History. No one else can fulfill the vision for you. Create the future!"
See Pt. 2 next time!