Another week

Why cross the road

Last day of the week, or first day of the new week? Certainly the seasons are changing, but there are some good rhythms that continue. One we have developed is to find a book to read a chapter or so each morning, and the first Brian McLaren book (I sadly confess not to have read any of his previous books) was sent in the mail to us. We have only been on it a few days, but it is very moving, and unless it goes in a very strange direction, it will prove to be an invaluable stimulus to us. (If anyone reading this blog has read the book and wishes to post a comment please feel free.)

The description of how a move away from any particular camp / brand of faith normally gets us more opposition than from the other (Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist etc.) was the chapter we read this morning. Moving and insightful. So although not read it through recommend it.

Yesterday morning watched a clip from the labour conference of a 91 year old war-veteran with his appeal that we do not create a future that was his history, with specific reference to health care. Also incredibly insightful to the life of many in the West only a few years ago.

A renewal of youthfulness

I recently had a dream where I travelled to a place that I often go if there is some fresh revelation to be received. There are some personal elements in the dream but the central part was of being in the right place to receive what I knew I needed. However, rather than receiving what I knew I needed I was given an impartation of ‘youthfulness’.

Half my age

Just over twelve years ago I had an experience through the night. There were many circumstances surrounding the experience that I can now see that further confirm the significance of the experience. I prayed two prayers. One relating to myself. I simply asked if it was agreeable to the Lord that I might have a certain length of years: the same number I had already had. I considered I needed that in order to make enough mistakes to have some substance that would have value. That was a simple prayer that is in his hands. The second was a prayer that took considerable longer to work through. It was a prayer for those ‘half my age’.

That a generation might arise that would have the wisdom of a generation twice their age, the energy and passion corresponding to their own generation, and a fearlessness that was focused on societal transformation. That I do not think is simply a prayer that the outcome is in the hands of God but is something we have to contend for, hence that was not over in a matter of minutes, unlike the first prayer.

A few years after this I called someone that I had never called before. He was on my heart, and I explained to him that I had to make some changes, could no longer fulfil a particular project and asked if he would consider taking it on. I then gave him the content of my experience. At the end of the conversation he asked me if I knew what day this was, and I said ‘no’. He told me that I had called him on his birthday and that he was exactly half my age when I had had that night-time experience.

The battle for the generations is not one of right ordering but of right positioning. It is not one above another, but of generations alongside each other. And for this to happen there has to be a growing up, a considered fearlessness, not a rash fearlessness in a younger generation. There is a difference between those types of fearlessness. Youth can do crazy things without consideration to the outcome for their own lives. I know many of us who think ‘I would never do now what I did when I was…’ Why not? Because of an understanding of the consequences. However, that rash fearlessness must not give way to a careful (full of care??) caution. A generation who understand the outcome but are fearless. That is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is what we associate with an older generation, but there is to be a generation rising that carry wisdom at a shocking level.

Renewal of youth. That is the necessity for the older generation. I have entered the final phase of my life (fear not – that phase should be a loooooong one) and caution, conservatism or self-preservation can be a hallmark, under the guise of ‘when I was younger I would have… but now that I am older I have a wisdom that means…’

But if in my dream I had to receive an impartation of youthfulness and not what I ‘knew’ I needed I consider there is something that the older generation have to receive. Even the youths grow weary, but those who wait on the Lord…

Remember the ‘caution to the wind’ approach of youthfulness? Or the ‘burn the bridges’ we have to go forward? Oh, I am sure we can also cringe when thinking about attitudes from our youth, but there is something to be recovered and it can only come through an impartation. The Lord is the one who can renew our youth like the eagle’s.

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I am currently developing a part of the site with a focus on the 'gates of society'. That section will develop more as a forum with links to other articles, so that it becomes a resource for the future. I will also be looking for other contributors into the various subject-areas.

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Their core focus will be toward the gates of influence in society. They will not be the final word, hopefully provocative with some practical aspects thrown in.

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Values: unelectability

I watched a film recently ‘Ides of March’. A film looking at people on the campaign trail. The governor has sex with the intern (definitely a big ‘no’ in the film)… However, the areas that were far more challenging though were to do with the ethics of winning votes. One example were meetings with fellow politicians to gain their endorsement. Making a deal so that votes could be guaranteed – in return a position in the forthcoming government.

Wealth: redefinitions

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Come back Christian nation

Abortion, gay marriage, Sunday trading (sorry, strike that one off, as we like that now)… All evidence that we are losing it. The ‘look, once we could see Cathedrals and church spires on the landscape, now Mosques are where churches once stood’ type of statement are all laments about what is disappearing.