Frequently Asked Questions about Revolution–Part 4

Posted: June 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

A few years ago, the Revolution Leadership Team attended the Xenos Summer Institute in Columbus. Church planter, author and megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll spoke on missiology (i.e., being a missionary in North America) with a focus on the life of the Apostle Paul and the title of his talk was “Go, See, Feel, Do.” 

Driscoll challenged believers to GO into the culture, SEE the idols of the culture, FEEL for the lost and DO or proclaim the good news of Christ.

The Leadership Team agreed with Driscoll’s vision and the next few days we will unpack what Go, See, Feel and Do means for us.

We start with the most controversial step of the four, which is GO. 

The reason GO is so controversial is that going into the culture entails studying it and understanding it and one cannot do so without entering into contexts that are uncomfortable for many Christians.  For example, if the local culture centers around sports bars then one has to go into one and for many followers of Jesus that is a sin despite the fact that Jesus was accused of being a drunkard and glutton because he attended pretty wild parties!

The other component is to study the culture including popular culture, which, again, can be repugnant to many Christians.  While I understand these reservations, I believe there is a reason why statistics show that churches are not reaching 18-40 year olds (less than 3% of Gen-Y identifies themselves as Christians compared to 65% of the Greatest Generation), the common language for Gen-X and Gen-Y is pop culture.  Like Paul on Mars Hill, if you can’t find common ground then you will find great difficulty in even speaking to someone from the “lost generations.”  

 Now, let me add that I do caution my fellow North American missionaries that if there is an area within culture that you cannot interact with without it leading you to sin then you need to stay away from it.  For example, if you can’t listen to certain kinds of music without becoming angry or lustful then don’t listen to it!  However, if you can watch or listen or read with theological lenses and attempt to understand why others are looking to this film, show, song, performer, magazine, web page or book for meaning, then you should!

You may ask, “why do so many young girls find meaning in the Twilight series?”  What can we learn about them from studying it?

One does not GO to a part of Africa without studying the language and culture.  The same is true for our own North American context and that is a challenge we lay before members of Revolution.

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