In today's message, Jordan illustrates that the tension between lives of faith and the world we live in is not a new tension. The Israelites faced the difficulty of living their faith as they discovered new technology and when they were in exile in Babylon. Rather than silo ourselves off in safe faith spaces, the challenge lies in navigating the opportunities to invite Jesus into our lives in the world. The worship journey this week: "Be with Jesus; be with the world." Genesis 11:1-9; Jeremiah 29:4-14; John 16:33.
Jordan shared a couple of quotes during his message: "How much of our modern life can be summarized in that arresting dictum of the poet Thoreau, ‘Improved means to an unimproved end’? … We have allowed our technology to outdistance our theology and for this reason, we find ourselves caught up with many problems." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We try to keep [our young disciples] insulated. We helicopter-parent them. We imagine that safety and security are kingdom values. We want them to change the world around them, but only at a reasonable distance. We like the idea of counter-cultural mission, but in practice, here in exile, it’s kind of terrifying. Living faithfully in Jerusalem, when everything is neat and predictable, is a different animal from faithfulness in Babylon. Too many of our ministry efforts prepare people for a world that doesn’t exist, undercutting our witness and passing flimsy faith to the next generation. Because, honestly, we are scared." -- From Faith for Exiles by David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock