Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 16

GOSPEL WITNESS - Smith around the messed up, sick, tired, and depressed people that we actually are; movements that deal with the realities of it. And that’s something we had to fix on our own time but something that the movements can actually incorporate. And, again, you would think that Evangelical communities should be that place that could do that. If Evangelicals synthesize justice with healing and repent in some prayer, we can build healthy movements that attend to all the things we need to do holistically. And also, what I think this suggests is the importance of building more fun movements. I don’t know about you, but we go to these meetings, and they’re four hours long, and the chairs are uncomfortable, and the food sucks, and everybody’s yelling at you for your bad politics and theology, and then people wonder why nobody wants to join. So, instead, we need to follow the Jesus model. Matthew 11:19ab: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’” (NIV). Now, how can we interpret this? I think what Jesus is proposing is the fun revolution. Jesus recognizes that if you’re always going to be waiting for the day, the deferred moment, when things will get better, and you’re working twenty-four hours a day for this, you’re going to get burnt out and have to run off to the shopping mall. You can only do this for so long, and Jesus recognized, people aren’t wanting to join this unless they see what they would be getting. In one of my classes, when we talked about decolonization, all the Native students would say, well decolonization sounds good, but do we get to keep our iPods? And I had one friend who said, well, I’ll join the movement as long as I still get to see The Sopranos. I think what was being said was, when we think about major change, all we can really think about is what we might lose. And why is that? Because we have no understanding of what we would gain. And that’s why people don’t want to join, because all they can think is, will I lose my iPod? But they don’t see what they would get for joining in. Well, how can they know what they would get for joining unless you start showing them? Does that make sense? We could start to create the communities now. We don’t have to wait for something. We can create the kingdom of God here, so people get a glimpse of it and say, that’s amazing. What would it be like to be in a society where you’re supported and loved just for who you are, where you don’t have to accomplish anything to be important, where you will know you will never have to solve a problem just by yourself, where you will never be isolated, where you will always have people behind you, where people will always have your back? You will be a critical part of a community, and you will never be cut off from that. What would that feel like? We don’t even know, right? But if we started to get glimpses of that, people would say, “That’s amazing; I don’t care about my 15