So What's Next?

What's next is what's always next: change.


And what's next will keep changing as long as we are human beings led, confounded, baffled and inspired by a living, active God.

The Holy Spirit is not static. Neither should we be.

Even as I continue writing at a blog called "Emerging" I realize the phrase is tired, stale, agonizingly-hipster, and already overplayed.

What is certain is that as soon as we (current, postmodern, "emerging majority" Christians) manage to place our fingers on "what works" as broadly as possible, we'll cork the bottle, slap a label on it, and let it ferment for another fifty years. But while the Body of Christ may grow, deepen and become more beautiful with age (a perilously debatable statement), our particular doctrines and ecclesiologies don't. We get more obnoxious. Resistant. Moldy. Frustrating.

Time for another reformation.

Funny how predictably we in Christianity follow the trend of being "late to the party." For the last 5-10 years hipster Christians (ahem, like me I guess) have been popping that pomo-pill like nobody had heard of it before. We so rarely really look further ahead. We look ahead to what the world was looking "ahead" at yesterday.

And we call that the "future."

Light travels around 186 thousand miles each second, and our sight is merely interpretation of that visible light bouncing off the world around us. Fast as it may be, light doesn’t reach us instantaneously.

However subtly, everything we see has already happened. We live our lives viewing the past. In the same way, we hear the past too. And the farther we look toward the horizon and beyond into space, the further back in time we’re perceiving. Only by touching, feeling and tasting do we experience immediacy of the present. We touch Now, even if we see Then. Proximity matters – it’s a first step.

Only the Light of Christ shows us the future. And that light manifests by touching the world. Being in the world. We don't see the future from inside our cloistered communities; we see the past.

As Christians we are taught to be in the light (“as he is in the light”) and we automatically visualize luminosity. Children of Constantine, we worship light imagery: suns, stars, glowing halos, bright white flowing robes, pale white saints visibly gleaming in the dark. By giving ourselves over to light of the past, rather than Light of the World, we’ve sold out to the Has Been.

So let's keeping changing. Let's keep asking what's next, even AFTER we get a good answer. That's going to be a tall order...


Anonymous said...

Heh Pete - good to see what you are thinking - would love to know more about where your headspace is with your Masters ? Pete Veysie

nadine.w said...

good stuff!

Jared said...

I really like this...

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