June 19, 2016

There's nothing special about Christians

There's nothing special about Christians. We're human beings just like everybody else. Shocker, I know. We learn the same way. Breath the same air. We sleep, eat and defecate the same as everyone else. Our struggles are the same. The same movies make us cry. So why is it that Christians too often find it so difficult to learn from others?

We can't learn from artists, activists, musicians, scientists, composers, journalists, marketers, politicians, athletes or business leaders, because, well, we're the Church. That's special. It's different here.

Not so much.

Our inability to look outside of our own experience and learn from others ensures that we keep making the same mistakes generation after generation.

The irony of this problem is that this problem is a shared problem; a human problem.

We all do this. We think our group, our tribe is special: We don't make the same mistakes as the others because our people are better. Why not? Because Church. Because America. Because we're us.

Wrong.

Another way we do this is generational: We won't make the same mistakes as people with curiously similar experiences in the past. Why not? Because Internet. Because space travel. Because we're us.

Wrong.

Think of Abraham's journey–all the different people and cultures without which we would not have the story we do. Was not God at work through them shaping the Hebrews? Think about Jesus and the woman at the well, Peter and the Roman centurion, Paul at Mars Hill.

Be humble enough to learn from as many sources as you can. From the past, from what's around you–near and far. Be that leader that can see God working through all aspects of the created world. Become that person that can see the threads connecting one experience, one group, one lesson from one arena to the next.

Hybridity always wins.