I think some people are writing me off as a deconstructionist. As if I’m a leftover from a bygone fad when it was hip to rip on the church.
Part of me says, “Call me what you want, who am I to tell people what to think?”
But I think that’s an incorrect label.
My aim is the opposite. I want to be a reconstructionist. I have this crazy, insane belief that the best days for the American church can be in front of us and not behind.
If you need to label me something, label me this: “Passionate about the other 90%.”
I will take that to the bank all day, every day.
The simple fact is that I won’t be satisfied with reaching 5-10% of the population with the Good News of Jesus Christ. If that were a grade in school it wouldn’t even be an F… it would be an I.
Incomplete work. I know we can do better. I know I can do better!
I’m unashamedly passionate about that. And I readily admit that I keep company with people who think the same way.
When I run into “satisfied Christians” I kind of wonder what is wrong with them? How can we be so comfortable and happy when we believe what we believe and 90% of the population doesn’t even care?
- Nearly all Christians believe that a life on earth knowing Jesus will be better than a life lived on earth without Christ.
- Nearly all Christians believe that when you die you will be judged. Those who know Jesus spend eternity with Christ, those who don’t know Jesus spend eternity separated from Christ.
That drives me to think: What is “wrong” with the “system of church” we practice that leads to reaching only 5-10% of any given community? And what could we change, while holding on to what is dear and true, that would help us (the church, the body, the people of Jesus) reach… 11%. 20%. 25%. 45%. In my lifetime.
It is up to me and you.
When I go down this road, people always say the same thing: “Adam, we don’t have the power to do anything about that.”
I reject that idea. Flat out.
You may not be able to change entire systems of power or government or even the momentum of your church.
But you can change you.
And if you can change you and God has called you to lead others. They will change, too.
When I look at reaching 10% of the population I don’t first think, “We need to change everything.” I first think, “What do I need to change about myself?”