It is better to give than to… talk

On Sunday morning we began our discussion with a simple question. Who are we suppose to be outward faced towards? As part of this discussion, we took an honest look at some comments from the “Unchurched” and “Dechurched”. These two categories represent a large portion of the American South. The amount of people who can “Talk the Talk” far out paces the those who “Walk the Talk”. This conflict yields a culture of cynicism (a deep lack of trust in others or God). Here are some of the negative results our group observed from this tension.

  • Hypocracy
  • Church is a Business
  • A posture of Self Sufficieny
  • A judgemental attitude
  • Broken people are not welcome
  • Tradition matters more than people
  • Politics and social causes are most important
  • Another fallout discussed from the American South is the need to provide all the right answers. Cultural Christians often feel a need to speak truth rather than manifest truth/love.

    Later in the day we gathered for a meal and continued our discussion on manifesting truth and love.

    This is the story of the Gospel. God became flesh. Truth entered into the lie. Love entered into the darkness. The solution for this epidemic of cynicism (yes, I think epidemic is right) is not a repeat of Talk Talk Talk. But rather, it is in humility and authentic love. It is embracing the risk of the Gospel. It is leaning not on your own understanding and extending yourself beyond yourself. Even if that begins with small steps.

    So… practically, we asked the question. What if you tried one of these this week?

  • Learn the name of the employees at your grocery store (we chose the lady at the deli counter)
  • Learn two facts about your server at lunch
  • Make a map of your five closest neighbors with names.
  • Open a lemonade stand and give it away for free.
  • God became flesh and walked among us!1 John 1:5-7
    This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

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