Jesus destabilizes everything. Want stability? Don't hang around the fringe of this Messiah's garment. Jesus turns power structures on their heads (the first shall be last...the children lead us into the Kingdom...the blind gain sight...the dead are raised). Just when you think you have something figured out, God's word nudges you in a completely different direction. You gain insight into a parable, and then your mind is blown as the parable collapses in front of you and God's word is revealed in a whole new way. Death and resurrection is real--we are continually building up things/structures/systems only to have it all knocked down so that we might live. Jesus gathers us only to send us right back again.
NONE of this is stable. In fact, the opposite is true. It's moving and changing and building and two-steps back and lurching forward.
This is what we are called to do...to be in this moving, collapsing, building, lurching community.
In the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about this destabilizing work. Maybe you read that first paragraph and thought, "Right on, man. That is Gospel truth." But recognizing it and living is are two totally different things. To be in a church that embodies this destabilization means:
You might likely see an entirely different population in worship this week than you did last week. And then repeat that scenario all month long.
You might find 100 more people at Beer and Hymns that you do at Sunday worship
You might show up at Theology Pub, Wild Things in the Park and Beer and Hymns and not recognize anyone (and you think of yourself as a "core" Humble Walk person)
You might feel deep connection to a Weight of the Word study group and not see those people at any other Humble Walk event
You might wonder who is in charge and then realize (because you showed up) you are
You might show up to something and be led by five-year-old
The story we tell at Humble Walk is that since we do not have membership, you show up and you are "in." If you come and sing with us at Shamrock's--you are Humble Walk. If you find us at worship on Sundays at Acme--you are Humble Walk. That's how it works. It's a fluid, slippery community. (And likely, you will wonder who is in charge. To this, we will likely respond: you). Thanks for taking all the risks you do to be a part of this wily church.