I started to write this post last night, Reformation Sunday, October 31st.
Reformation is on my mind. Revolution, to be more accurate. What some have dubbed “The Quiet Revolution.”
Keep that in mind as you read what follows.
Let me begin by saying a word about spreading ideas. It’s because of the “spread of ideas” that history changes. An idea can be a game-changer . . . a paradigm-shifter . . . with the potential to change the course of history.
But if few people spread it to others, nothing happens. Nothing changes.
We live in a day where spreading ideas is both difficult and easy. It’s difficult because there’s a massive overload of information with which to compete. A key idea can easily get lost in the constant clutter of noise that’s thrown at us each day.
But it’s easy because of the Internet. Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Email, Websites, Social Networks, etc. are all effective ways to spread an idea.
It just takes pressing a “share this” button (see below) or a “you must/gotta/have to read this!” or whatever verbiage you typically use to encourage others to take a look at something amid the barrage of data that vies for their attention.
However, if only a handful of people actually use such tools to spread important content, nothing changes. And the status quo wins.
As you know, on this blog, we don’t talk about the typical stuff that mainstream-status-quo-Christianity is engrossed in.
We focus on the centrality and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Eternal Purpose in Him, His passion and vision for His church, and the deeper Christian life.
This blog, while read by many different age groups, is mostly read by people in their 20s and 30s. And I’m thankful for that.
Because they are the future of God’s work. And changing church history is in their hands.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of Christians in their 20s and 30s who have no idea what God’s Eternal Purpose is and have never been challenged to go further and deeper into the things of God.
Many of them love the Lord and are busy doing “stuff” for Him, but they only know status-quo, celebrity-driven Christianity.
They know little about living by an indwelling Lord, etc.
Some of these people will burn out in the next 5 to 10 years.
Others will grow more un-radical in their walk with the Lord and settle down to a more comfortable “padded” Western life.
Others will have their eyes opened to see the shallowness that’s inherent in so much of today’s popular Christianity, and they’ll experience a crises of spiritual desperation for that which is higher, deeper, and richer.
(I get tons of mail from such desperate souls who are in their 50s and 60s – many of whom are erstwhile leaders, teachers, and pastors. They feel they wasted their youth doing the “pop-thing.” At the time, they thought that what they were doing was “it.” They didn’t know any better. No one ever introduced them to anything higher.)
Again: Because of their youth, today’s 20s and 30s are the future of the Kingdom of God. They will determine if the landscape of church history gets deeper, higher, and more Christ-centered, or if it perpetuates the same level of shallow-pop-mainstream-status-quo churchianity for the next generation.
So to my twenty-something and thirty-something friends, I want to not only thank you for being a loyal reader of this blog, but I want to encourage you to “share” what you’ve found helpful with your peers.
Let’s join arms and further foment the present Revolution together.
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I’m excited about tomorrow’s blog post.
Hint: It’s on the Radical Reformation.