8/12/2003

don't question

Bellow is an email I just sent my wife... Last nite I was telling Jared about how I thought that God put something in every culture that points directly back to Him...the problem is that in the past Christians thought that culture was evil and would force those that wanted Christ to become "european christians." I told him that I couldn't remember what the phrase was called but I would try to find out. So I called Perry this morning, not in. I called Paul Kuzma in a meeting. I called one of my teachers Terry Samples @ life not available. So I called Him again a few hours later talked to His assistant, who happens to be my old roomates sis. She said she didn't remember but thought Frank Greer would know, he wasn't in his office...so she said,"Kathleen Greer might know."(franks wife) So she told me that she didn't remember the phrase but kept asking me how I "really" was I told her "ok" and told her things were gettin better and better. She said she has been thinking about me for the last 4 months and then said, "God gave me this scripture for you...I have it pinned on my buletin board....she got it and read me this out of lamintations 3:24-32 from the message,
"I'm sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won't ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense."
I started crying at work...and just soaked up His love. After she read it she said, "Craig I know that you have been going through a tough time, and there is a time to lick your wounds and be healed, but after that time you need to get back up and really keep going." Wow...I'm speachless. I just said,"thank you God that my hunger for one thing lead me to what I really needed...Him. love you me

rejection vs. redemption

   Last night I got the oppertunity to hang out with one of my closest friends, Jared Williams. We talked about all kinda stuff...but one thing really stuck out to me. Culture is it part of God's creation or man's fall. I believe there is something called a "redemptive analogy" in every culture. This means that in all culture God has placed an analogy that can be used to show people his redemption.    There is a book titled "Peace Child" in which this "redemptive analogy" is exemplified. In this true story Don Richardson went to Irian Jaya to preach the Gospel. Once he learned the language he gave the tribes people the good news. Funny thing is they thought the hero was really Judas, treachery was their highest virtue. These tribe people would kill someone from another tribe and eat them, and their friends thought,"I want to be just like...so and so." So the missionaries prayed and prayed for a way to reach these tribes people. After sometime went by, and alot of killings, the missionaries told the tribe they were going to leave because they were so violent. Problem was the tribe wanted the medicine and tools the missionaries brought. So the only way that tribes could stay at peace was if one tribe gave the opposing tribe a child, thus called the peace child. It was a very bad thing to kill a peace child, so as long as the child stayed alive their would be peace. The missionaries freaked out the saw a "redemptive analogy" in the action. They explained how Christ was our peace child and many of the tribe came to a relationship with Christ.    Thus the future must be a place where we look for "redemptive analogies" that we can use to change culture, not the good stuff, from the inside out. Forget the word change...rather allowing Jesus to "redeem" culture and reconcile it back to Himself.

Jared's thoughts: Maybe the epitome of global evangelism is Christ changing all cultures from the inside out, and those cultures coexisting and sharing with one another their own limited beauty and perspective of that mystery(the way they "know in part", and realizing it is limited); not us advocating ours as the way to meet Christ until we've dispelled the diversity in the world with our perverse sense of Manifest Destiny.