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16 October 2008

"but i dont' wanna be a pirate!"

George Carlin once said:

"Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there's an INVISIBLE MAN...LIVING IN THE SKY...who watches every thing you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever 'til the end of time...but he loves you. "

Honestly... I think that's how most people look at Christians. At least those of us who say, "Jesus is the way the truth and the life"... and have our life choices reflect it. And Christians are often kept at an arm's length because of it. We're seen to have just enough of the "touch o' crazy" in us to not be completely trusted with the keys to the city. Kinda makes the whole "be in the world but not of it" a bit easier since we're never really welcomed anyway. But that's OK... I seem to remember a similar thing happening to Jesus (and it turned out OK for him).

But we ARE called to be people of influence. In the 70's both Loren Cunningham and Bill Bright talked at great length about what have become known as the "7 mountains of influence". The areas that they believed that the church needs to be influential in.

  1. The Home
  2. The Church
  3. Schools
  4. Government and Politics
  5. The Media
  6. Arts and Entertainment and Sports
  7. Commerce, science and technology
And I'm quite sure they didn't have in mind just creating insular counter culture, bizarro world Christian alternatives... they meant being integral parts of, and influential members of these "mountains" in the world we all live in.

So how are we doing? I think most of the world is OK with the letting the church be influential in the church. But anytime Christians venture into the other realms... it's Katie bar the door.

***See flattering media portrayal of Sarah Palin***

(BTW...How many of us gulped twice when we saw her being shredded to pieces for being PRAYED over by a... wait for it... AFRICAN Pastor! Oh my goodness... how COULD she!!! Spend some actual time in Africa and you'll see that they have their own culture! GASP! Who's intolerant now?)

Influence comes from relationship. It does. Many get up in arms with the "it's not what you know but who you know" thing. Maybe we should just get to know more people! Salt and light man. All it is... is someone in a relationship with another person. It's someone who has EARNED another's trust. As a Christian... I think there are 2 tools that we have that are fool proof when it comes to communicating God's love to our society.

Prayer... and Serving.

Doing something kind for someone? Who can refute that? Helping a family with yard work? Baking a pie for a neighbor? Folks don't say no to pie. And all of a sudden... you've made a friend. You've introduced yourself as a genuine caring person and established a basis for trust.

The principle is the same for the other larger scale mountains. Serving builds trust which leads to influence.

Prayer is another thing that people rarely say no to. They may not come to Holy Ghost Hoe-down night... but ask someone if you can pray for them about their felt needs? Almost everyone will accept whether they believe in who you're praying to or not!

Here's where it gets fun. You remember the "it's not what you know, it's who you know" thing? Prayer is the ULTIMATE "it's not what you know but WHO you know". Because when you pray... things happen. God IS God! When you'd layed down your life and surrendered it to God... you've become his friend. You've got RELATIONSHIP with him and because of it... you've got his ear. You know Him and you've got access to his riches to share with others.

I have no desire to be looked at like a nut job. It's not something WANT. But Paul DELIGHTED when he was persecuted for his faith... and he lived a life of influence that was laced with love for the truth and those who are called to share it.

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Gal 5:23


Rick_the_cat said...

my friend Joash is going to be a pirate for halloween

Dave Carrol said...

that sounds like super good fun. I'm going as Stephen Harper

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite post of the day and i've read around 20 of them from around the blogosphere

heidi reed

Dave Carrol said...

Thanks Heidi. Was feeling passionate that day...

ok so most days...ha

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