Just a few observations from the last assessment gathering. They’re not trying to make life harder on us, instead, we should think of these meetings as vital for ones development. I’m not buying it.
The intention or motive might be genuine but the framework and approach is just flat out misplaced, which is- at least I think, misleading.
Individuals are being taught to place their “dreams,” “callings” or whatever else you wanna call them first priority. Here we go again. Any over hyped “spiritual” approach runs a high risk of losing practicality.
“What has God called me to do?” “God has something special for me.” We are taught to think of God as only pertaining to their desires, needs and so on. People are conditioned to operate in a specific capacity.
For example, religion seems to consistently help people feel guilty for some of the following reasons: 1) Not going to church 2) You didn’t give money to the church 3) You didn’t read or pray enough this past week/month/year 4) What else?
The striking reality about this, it’s completely individualistic. A play on emotions- “How does this make you feel?” or “I feel like” (such and such).
I guess we shouldn’t expect anything less from our American (Western) culture. I mean, it’s about you. Forget everyone else, it don’t matter who you walk on or through to get what you want.
American Christianity treats God like a puppet. From the way folks are conditioned to think in churches, to higher learning institutions and so forth. It’s seen in church teachings: ‘personal sin’, ‘you and your relationship with God’ and messages on giving to receive.
There’s more to the story than someone’s individual salvation. Not because I or some scholar said so but because it’s the border New Testament story says so.
Anyhow, back to the story or event that caused me to think and reflect on this topic. These assessment meetings.
Why does everything I hear seem to flow against the Biblical witness. Maybe I’ve missed something?
But where’s the talk about God’s higher purpose to reclaim this world, renew creation, along with putting the world to rights? There’s no mention of the bringing together of heaven and earth as depicted in the NT, including new bodily life after death which is known as resurrection. Notice, there’s a difference between “the notion of heaven” as believed in a popular circles and what I just wrote before ( more on that later).
There’s a need for a border, complete Biblical portrait on Christian living, which should come from an underline worldview- the lens one looks through to see the world- informed by a thoroughly early Jewish/Christian first century understanding while aiming to address social concerns and problems of our day.
Yes, we’re individuals but there’s a need for balance. I understand we live in a narcissistic society, and it’s no surprise that we assume that past cultures function like ours. Bad move.