If we take seriously the call to follow Jesus…….It will involve divesting ourselves of much of the baggage that traditional churches have loaded on us. It will mean wriggling free of the demands that churches have insisted we fulfill. It will mean practicing the presence of Jesus in our inner life as well as through our outward actions. By living expansive lives of justice, kindness, hospitality, and generosity, we model the life of Jesus to those who would never attend a church service or read the New Testament. And of course we would do this without recourse to large buildings, well-funded programs, and other expressions of institutionalism. We will, like Jesus, go naked and empty-handed to others, with no motive other than to show grace and practice mercy. Well, whether we like it or not, sooner or later someone is going to ask us why we live the way we do. And at that point, exiles must be prepared to name the name of Jesus in contexts where his name might never be heard. In other words, even though many exiles balk at the thought of evangelistic activity, having been so thoroughly turned off by the abusive behavior of evangelists whom they have observed in the past, they need to acknowledge that the proclamation of Jesus will naturally flow from the living of an incarnational lifestyle.
(from Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture)
- Wise Words for Reflection (ldturner.wordpress.com)