This just in from the ol’ Google Reader. This from Alan Hirsch:
There is something about middle-class culture that seems to be contrary to authentic gospel values. And this is not a statement about middleclass people per se; I myself am from a very middleclass family, but rather to isolate some of the values and assumptions that that seem to just come along as part of the deal. In the chapter on discipleship we noted that much of what goes by the name middle class involves a preoccupation with safety and security developed mostly in pursuit of what seems to best for our children. And this is understandable as long as it does not become obsessive. But when these impulses of middle class culture fuse with consumerism, as they most often do, we can add the obsession with comfort and convenience to the list. And this is not a good mix. At least as far as the Gospel and missional church is concerned.
ht: Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe community for me?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ or Ã¢â‚¬ËœMe for the community?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ : The Forgotten Ways.
I really find myself aligning with much of what he writes – I’m just trying to figure more out about where I stand on certain areas of what we call ‘church’ or ‘ministry’. I fugure most of us who blog are at the very least middle-class – and how does that translate into middle-class christianity…
We want to see people come to Christ – but what does that mean?
We want to see churches planted & then grow – but what is healthy growth?
We want to raise up our children to embrace their community in love – how do we instill that into them, while trying to be authentic ourselves..?
ahh the questions. And all the while, how to I be a great husband, provide, protect, and love my own family?
Just some thoughts.