Thursday, April 24, 2003

Forty Day Immersion: Day 2

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 2

Creating a new culture. How can you do it with marketing and manipulation?

To expect to have other people engage honestly with the reality of God and what He has planned for their lives cannot be done with marketing. Marketing is externals based - something on the outside that tries to create an interest or desire on the inside. Manipulation appeals to the emotions, seeking to create an external pressure that will lead to an internal emotional response.

In either case, if it's not real on the inside, the impact from the outside will be minimal and short-lived.

In every case, the extent to which we really own a principle is the limiter on the impact we can have on a culture that does not own the principle - what ever it is. There are enough rants out there telling people what's wrong with just about everything. Before we begin to dismantle, we must have - and be already living - a better alternative. Anything less will just be a fresh layer on the rubble pile of previous alternatives, discards and dissatisfactions.

Is the better alternative, life in Christ, a life lived with, through and for God, real enough in me that it has radically changed the way I act, think, talk? If not, I've got some serious internal demolishing of my own internal culture to do before I can offer a serious alternative to anyone else.

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