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A Post Modern Change

Salutations.

A few years ago, I started this blog as a place to practice my writing, using mostly fictional stories and characters from my comics.  Later, I started to write more theological centered missives as I dove into various studies.  For the last 15 months, these studies have featured heavily in my blog, focusing on looking at issues logically.  A few months ago, I also started to journal my trek through the older Dragon Quest series.

When I started my blog, and made those decisions to change some of its direction, I did so with three goals in mind.  First, I wanted to practice my writing in order to improve.  For the most part, I feel that I have done well in that area over the years.  Second, I desired to get some serious fictional writing done.  Unfortunately, while I have completed some work, I still need better focus to making substantial progress here.  Third, I published all of this on a public blog so that it may encourage others to walk closer with God.

Lately, I have studied the post modernistic mindset.  For those who do not know, post modernism is “a late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.”  This movement, which started in the mid to late 60’s, impacts the way most people (under 50) think and process information.  For example, a post modern person responds poorly to someone preaching truth to them, as they generally ‘distrust grand theories and ideologies.”  Instead, they would find a life lived demonstrating that theology far more instructive.

The implications of this movement go much deeper than I could cover in a paragraph, or even several blog posts.  For those who wish to learn more, I leave you to exercise your powers of Google-Fu.  However, in praying about reaching out to this generation, and reading more on the subject, I feel I have a better idea of how I may attain my third goal which.  The solution, in part, actually assists with my second goal, as well.

First, I will shift focus on my theological writings from ideological to more personal.  A lot goes on in the world today.  I turn on the news, and I see all kinds of social ills.  The Bible has answers for them, and I have opinions…but, moving forward, you will see less of that on my blog.  Unless an issue affects me directly, or some people ask me to do a Bible study write up on it, I will ignore those in favor of writing about those topics that more directly impact me.  While I always back up my theological assertions with scriptures and reasons, the main thrust will also come from deeply personal experiences.

Second, studies show that a post modern audience learns more from drama than lectures.  In particular, tales with  plenty of emotional thrust drive points home better than any documentary or lecture using logic and reasoning.  This provides me with further encouragement to refocus my efforts on fiction and comics to do just that.  By getting back into that, I actually address two birds with one stone.

Lest some of my friends feel that I’ve ‘sold out’ to the masses or anything, I will, of course, provide some Biblical direction for this.  First, I cannot help but note that Jesus used much allegory and drama in His own teachings to the masses.  He certainly stood ready to defend His approach with scripture and logic when needed, but appealed to the heart and emotions just as much as he appealed to the mind.  Furthermore, Paul understood the necessity to study, learn and adapt one’s approach to fit the context of the culture.  He writes,

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Nearly two decades ago, I chose the moniker “JCServant” because I wanted to be a servant to Jesus Christ and His children.  So, today, I change to a post-modernist approach for the ‘sake of the gospel that I may share with them in its blessings.”  Will you join me?

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Blog Update

Salutations!

I apologize for dropping off the map, more or less, this month.  Several things came together that really made it hard to get time away.  Unfortunately, I find it hard to write when I’m tired or distracted (and it does not take much to get me to that point, lately).  Like anyone else, I struggle with juggling a job and a myriad of personal challenges.  I refrain from going into much detail when I run into these challenges due to a variety of reasons, including privacy concerns.  However, the largest reason I do not dive to a tirade about my problems and pains is that I’m pretty sure it would bore everyone to tears.  After all, everyone has problems, eh? (more…)

Make Disciples vs Blogging

Salutations.

Recently, I watched a video by Paul Washer and HeartCry Missionary Society calling young people to work the missions field.  For your convenience, I have embedded the video below.  The 10-minute message makes a number of points, such as making missions seem to be a higher calling than writing a blog or doing creative work that glorifies God.  Man of Paul Washer’s messages have come across as overkill to me in the past.  Yet, while he presents his argument most calmly in this one, I cannot help but feel after watching it that I missed some kind of boat.

It would struggle to argue against him, however.  At least, from a Biblical standpoint.  After all, one does not hear about those who wrote poetry and painted art for God in the New Testament, but you read the stories of the martyrs who gave up their lives to preach God in dangerous lands.  Regardless, the message is clearly aimed at young people without marital obligations, a camp I no longer have a part in.  So, what about the rest of us not called or capable of going into a ministry in some third world country?

First, I would stress the importance of living a holy life to everyone regardless of their position in life.  1 Peter 1:16 says, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  I think that gets overlooked a lot.  We must live according to God’s Word, learning to love God and our fellow man first and foremost.  All of the ‘good works’ of evangelism or worshiping God mean little when we attempt to do so with sinful hearts.

Second, we must look at our callings.  The Bible makes it clear that each of us have spiritual gifts and roles.  1 Cor 12 and Eph 4 give us a good overview.  As you can see, God calls each of us according to His purposes.  Some of these gifts work well for preaching the Word of God in foreign lands, though not all.

Third, we must look at our position in life.  As Paul  Washer states, he talks mostly to the young people without entanglements who have strength of body.  Those with families and other responsibilities may find it difficult to leave without breaking other commands of God.  God is not an author of confusion.  If you feel that you have a calling to go evangelize in foreign lands, but have God given responsibilities here in this country, consider that you should prepare now for when you have availability to leave.

Another option for those who have that calling, but cannot leave the country, does exist.  We can evangelize in our own nation.  From street preaching to handing out tracts, numerous ways to actively engage others in your city and spread the gospel do exist.  Paul Washer implies that other countries who have not heard the message at all need our attention more, however, one can find plenty of dark areas in our own cities where God’s message needs preaching.

Finally, for those who have a calling to blog, write and create beautiful things in praise to God, I say the following as one who received that same calling from God.  While Paul Washer’s message may push you off a bit, keep in mind Jesus’ commandment.  Mat 28 says, 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I feel that even for the Christian creator, we must be out there spreading God’s Word.  Jesus’ commands all of us to make disciples… and while our work certainly helps do that, we must engage with others directly, as well.  Jesus commands us to love one another, and we cannot do that if we live in an ivory tower always writing.  We must spend time reaching out to our fellow man…and in taking the risks, feeling the pain and counting the cost that such work entails, we will learn a context and depth to our creative work that would not exist otherwise.