[T]his is the crime of which I assuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it. – James Baldwin
Alright. Here’s the deal. My wife and I have been studying the Scriptures together pretty consistently for about 2 years. Church attendance has been sporatic, but that is because (1) we’ve had a really hard time finding a church that we feel called to as a family, and (2) my work schedule is pretty crappy most of the time and I work on Sundays at such a time that it makes going to church nearly impossible unless we want to attend one of the local seeker-friendly churches who happens to have a Saturday service (which we don’t).
But throughout studies of the Scriptures, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Evangelical community is missing it almost entirely. Generally speaking, there seems to be very little concern for the needs of the communities surrounding their little church building compounds. And it seems like for any work to get done, it requires those who want to do the work leaving and settling in new communities to do work that has been neglected there.
Not that this is a bad thing. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. When the people who are supposed to be God’s chosen people aren’t doing what they are supposed to do and they neglect those in outlying communities, there is a real problem. But my calling is different than that.
There is much to be done within the confines of our own communities as well. When a family of 4 has as many as 3 trash cans full of trash, more than 3/4 of which can be recycled or reused, that is a problem. When the local Wal-Mart carries a pest control item that government officials are trying to get outlawed, that is a problem. When the Gospel that is being preached doesn’t seem to resemble the Gospel that Jesus commanded to be preached, that is a problem.
Given the current criticisms of certain Christian groups, I hesitate to use these particular words. But I am going to use them anyway because they best express what I am trying to say.
In light of all of these problems, there is an emerging group of people who are fed up with the status quo. To this group, landfills, glue traps, and theological inconsistancy and error are all seen as Christian issues (not to mention war, poverty, hunger, spiritual warfare, etc.).
These emerging Christians also have a lot of questions. Questions that the evangelical community refuses to clearly answer. When asked, an excuse is made to the effect of, “Satan is just trying to lead you astray. Pray about it and you’ll come around.”
In light of the questions and the social/theological issues, my wife and I feel called to do something about it.
Starting __________, at around _________, at ______________, the conversation will begin.
We don’t want to take you away from prior commitments. We are not in competition with any other church or organization. We just want a group of like-minded people from the Newburgh/Evansville area who want to see positive change occur in their own communities.
Please pray and ask God if He is calling you to be involved.
If you are interested, send me a private message or an e-mail and we’ll get the ball rolling.