No really I’m curious. As discussed before I grew up Baptist, missioning was a mission you pursued either ‘across the tracks’ or amongst the masses of a foreign population. You were called to the front while everyone placed their hands on you and prayed for your safety and that your mind be with God, speaking for God.
For those of you who have not kept up, I have recently joined a church. I’m not a member as I have yet to stand on my head and recite the books of the Bible alphabetical and backwards. I have joined a small group, which was the community I had been craving. Though we are not allowed to call them small groups because they are Missional Communities. We want to make a difference by acting as missionaries through our everyday life.
My husband, being a catholic, has strong differences on the matter. I think he is so caught up on the word mission, that he lost focus on the bigger picture. As a recovering Baptist I hear missioning and at first my entire body is overwhelmed with a nauseating loathsome of someone with PTSD, so I understand his hesitations. For him it’s possibly ten times worse not being raised in a community that lived to rescue babies from Asia or always devising new ploys to lure our community into attending church functions. It’s like when you visit your great aunt whose apartment window is open directly next to the tracks. The two o’ clock rush doesn’t seem to phase her while you drop to your knees, holding both hands against your ears. She is accustom to the noise but you are not; the noise for you is unsettling while it didn’t even give her the slightest stir.
I don’t want to believe the mission here is to set out to be warriors of Christ, converting all who are evident of sin. Who want’s to be the train, what does that accomplish?
So what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word missioning?
- Is it chasing individuals down along the hot pavement of the Lowe’s parking lot over July Fourth Weekend handing out the newest edition of Watchtower magazine?
- Is it asking the gas station attendant where they are on their walk with Christ?
- Is it about results or moments?
- Is it about conversion or paying love forward?
- Is it about God’s judgement or understanding?
This is part of Eric’s Taboo Word Challenge. All participants can be found
in the link below: