First, I know these people. Second, and maybe first, I love them. Third, they look a lot like ALL of us, like it or not. And you may not like it. Or some of it.
I was involved as a pastor, musician and speaker/seminar leader at Cornerstone Festival the entire run of it, so I get the passion and concerns. We certainly made our mistakes as well as saw literally thousands of lives changed for the better over those 28 years. Believe it or not, all true.
I’ve played and seen shows at Audio Feed, taught there as well.
Reading through the comments in Facebook, etc. re. the recent Guardian article about Afeed, REGARDLESS of position, I reflect on the core of this -as I see it. We must go much deeper than festivals, evangelicalism, tattoos or gender issues.
Their Twitter feed, FaceBook and article mentioned are not hard to find if you like. Meanwhile:
Ok, WHAT and WHY the dust-ups, anger and fussing which seems to dominate so much of our talk these days?
Well of course, because we don’t agree about things like spirituality (for some, even IF there is such a thing), religion (vs. “relationship with God”), HOW to do everything from church, to vocalizing one’s beliefs in public (if such should even be done), =when= to discuss things like politics (did I say we don’t all agree on every large/small/in-between issue yet…?).
Oh, and I like my coffee STRONG and BLACK most of the time. So of course my view is THE VIEW YOU MUST ALLLLL SHARE… OR…. or else? Or what?
Anger. Rage. That is, mine, or yours, or both. Cuz baby, there is indeed righteous indignation. Any preacher in study of the New Testament finally comes across “be angry but sin not”. Hmmm. Most agree (I said “most”, certainly not “all”) Paul is telling peeps they may well be angry but there is anger which in God’s view (wait, if there is no God… no, maybe these other “idiots” aren’t bright enough, or committed enough, or studied and wise enough… or just aren’t predestined to be part of the club…) ahem… so most seem to agree (imho) one can rightly be angry but like a gun with a safety, we don’t have to shoot one another. Or perhaps “It’s the will of God to shoot that dolt!!”. No wait… ALL MUSLIMS think and act accordingl… ahhh… ok, “christian” militia peop… errr…
See, this is the stuff plenty of people hard left and hard right in political, religious/spiritual matters and more get enraged about. It’s become so common it’s even more uncommon to “love your enemies” much less think/act in a “blessed are the peacemakers” mode. To some a peacemaker is a flaky, white-washed sell-out liberal and they aren’t making peace, they’re compromising.
To many a liberal (politically or theologically) those leaning strongly right/conservative are mostly if not all jack-booted NRA backers who hate all minorities and wish most cities would simply end up as Sodom and Gomorrah because the cities are sucking the life and essential godly convictions right out of the nation.
Anybody care to consider I might… maybe… have a little understanding on this yet?
Ok, I’m an idiot like the rest. So consider this:
Most who refer to themselves as Christians don’t have a daily “build bridges”/missionary (NOT meaning colonizing, controlling, you-think-like-me-or-you-shall-be-considered-evil) mindset in their relationships. Most -yes… in my experience and world travel, study of history Christian and non, MOST people professing faith in Jesus WANT THE WORLD, THEIR FAITH EXPERIENCE, THEIR NEIGHBORS AND THEIR EXPRESSION OF CHURCH (if any) DONE ***THEIR*** WAY.
When you work from that center, I can assure you more will refuse to share your lunch (whatever that may consist of) than you will ever convert. EVER.
Wake up bro, sis, because your “anger doesn’t work the righteousness of God” nor will your conversion to your preferred culture or sub-culture (rarely completely based on scripture) draw the “other” into your own sense of values.
You will repel both your fellow (though wrong, immature, messed up, not-like-you) believers nearly as easily as those still without faith. Congrats! Hey, I’ve done it myself, this is in part how I get what I’m talking about.
IF, I say IF, more of us truly loved one another things would be a fair bit more calm. Perhaps less screaming and ripping people up and a few more at the table. As it is, anger, wrath and malice, the concept of “winning” is so massive in today’s world that we allow such passion to blanket any genuine love of Christ and neighbor we may actually have to share. Then again, you cannot share what you ain’t got.
Art and artists freak lots of people out… as do missionaries.
More missionaries and artists with heads and hearts -please?! PLEASE!
Things to consider perhaps?
Except for my tour schedule I would have been there this year. With all my heart I plan to be at next year’s Audio Feed Festival. Hope to see you there 🙂
As always, I thank you for stopping by my site! -Glenn