Mosaic Thoughts: 11/9/09


I would like to first apologize for my absence. It seems to be that my relationship with blogs has a tendency to start off strong and then fade away. I still enjoy writing and very much like to include others in my thoughts. I also want to extend some of the thoughts from Mosaic to those who can not make it to sunday nights, which have been going wonderfully recently.

I would also like to draw attention to the Mosaic Blog @http://mosaicommunity.wordpress.com/. This is a great idea, that if people get behind, could lead to more wonderful discussion that can bring revelation and change. Check it out and if you have something insightful to post just send my wife or I a message and we will post it for you.

The past few weekends of Mosaic Sunday Shindigs have been absolutely amazing. I know that amazing is an overused word, so I want to emphasize what I mean when I say they were amazing. Everything I had ever hoped and dreamed is coming to fruition and the actuality of G-d using true community is blowing my dreams out of the water. I won’t lie, before this I was getting quite disheartened. Between unproductive Sundays, no-show service days, horribly mean remarks and side comments heard from those who once supported us, and this underlying impression that most people either thought we were “having fun” with this or outside of the will of G-d. It was disheartening to say the least. Yet somehow, through both me letting go and taking more responsibility (and by this i mean, actually preparing discussions, worship, food etc.) things started to come together. About two months ago we started having monthly prayer nights, and I am not to be super spiritual, but perhaps dedicating time to active communion with our maker has a positive effect on things…Anyways, we established Sundays where instead of worship and discussion we have very free form quiet piano that drifts in and out from contemplative doodlings to choruses of worship songs to absolute silence. It has been pretty wonderful.

Our discussions have also been better than ever. Awesome points and really interesting point of views dance through the living room of camp red-scare. And the worship? better than ever. Which is interesting because you ask any worship leader how they feel about the idea of “anyone who has an instrument can play” on Sundays, they will tell you it is a recipe for disaster. That is, if your focus is on making prefabricated meaningless chants instead of deep spirit driven worship. Our embodiment of the ideal that we are all worshipers loving G-d together instead of a worship leader and  a congregation has really been solid.

Which leads me to tonight. Tonight was an interesting night. Mike Killam, a good friend of mine lead the discussion, which was focused on Social Justice (because we are crazy libs) and breaking down entitlement. Now if there was one thing I never thought, outside of Ayn Rand and Glenn Beck, would be debated, it was Social Justice. But boy did we have a debate. I am now trying to break down in my mind the reasoning and motive behind the side opposed, for if you listened it wasn’t a straight up opposition, rather it seemed to be a defense of a lifestyle and a desire not to let go. One point started as a “why go to africa when there are problems in your backyard” but turned into an only help out of the excess, which i seem to remember a certain parable that spoke directly against that…poor widow….rich scribes…anyways. It seemed to be that any charity (deep act of love, not just giving) that would take sacrifice really did scare people. But, we did not just have our normal Birkenstock wearing love fest. These were kids of have much invested in the idea of the American Dream. Where having

a big TV ,A nice computer, A sweet look, a nicer instrument, a better car, an education, a nice house, a sweet studio, a future, a good job,  was what made you amazing

was what gave you credibility

was what made you…

You.

Sorry I just got into Robbellian typography. But I find that my thoughts sometimes do not fit into the typical structure of things. Call me lazy…whatevs.

We also talked of guilt. It was brought up that when you show numbers of suffering and you point out prosperity it is just another form of guilt, that in mentioning stats of ice cream and computers, we are guilting people into helping…and guilt is bad. Right?

I would pose that as Christians, who have an understanding of the universal connection of all in the deep love of Christ, we should feel guilty when we go and blatantly ignore the problems of our world. That when we walk past the poor and the hungry and the naked, guilt is deserved. That perhaps we need a little guilt. Perhaps a parable of the good homosexual or the good terrorist is in order to shake us out of complacency. But that is just my opinion.

Very interesting night. And i mean that truly as interesting, not the interesting that just means bad or awkward….

but truly

beautifully

interesting.

I<3 Mosaic.

We can not fix everything, but we must do something.

_ace

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3 thoughts on “Mosaic Thoughts: 11/9/09

  1. As I read this I keep thinking of one interaction that Jesus had. In Matthew 19:16-26, Jesus meets a young rich ruler who asks Him how to get eternal life.

    I think many rich people suppose that they can do something to earn heaven. This notion is certainly not unique to the rich, as many middle income and poor people also believe that, but among the rich it is an epidemic belief. When we have everything we want we suppose that we deserve, or can earn heaven.

    After a brief discussion on “good” and God’s commandments, Jesus gets to the heart of the matter. He knows that this young man is attached to his wealth. Challenging the man to give it all up and follow Him, Jesus leaves the man with one choice: Jesus or wealth. The man went away sad, but chose his wealth instead of Jesus.

    Jesus, being Jesus, uses this as an opportunity to teach His disciples about money and its effects upon our likelihood of entering heaven. He compares the likelihood of a rich man entering heaven with that of a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Upon hearing this, the disciples were freaked and asked “Who then can be saved?” They asked this because the common thinking of the time was that earthly wealth was God’s blessing upon a godly man (good ol Joel and others on TV continue this today). Therefore, if a man is wealthy, he must be godly.

    Jesus’ answer was to say, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    I think that the Rob Bell video Rich shows us that almost everyone in your room is likely in the top ten percent of the world’s wealthy people.

    How many of them:

    have a car?

    eat out at a restaurant that costs more than the average monthly income in Nicaragua?

    ever spent money to lose weight?

    buy a Coke, a lottery ticket, or a cup of coffee, that is more than a day’s wages for many humans?

    have a computer?

    drank a glass of clean water today?

    shit in a toilet?

    taken a week’s vacation which usually costs more than the world’s average yearly income?

    Do they know most people in the world make less money in a month than they will spend on dinner and a movie?

    Here is the scary fact about the Gospel and being a Christ follower in America. We are the rich young ruler and it is more difficult for us to follow Christ than it is for 90% of the world.

  2. Part of the night was getting trying to get everyone to realize that they are rich. The ones who were bringing up the arguments against it were, in the bubble of America, poor. Which made it all the more interesting, especially when the one kid who was most bringing the most debate in the discussion asked me to buy him food later that night…

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