Dear Church, Welcome To The Revolution!
Elim Bible College is a beautiful campus nestled in the hills of western New York. Some of the buildings are 150 years old.
Historic, ordered, with a felt sense of community, Elim’s campus is a place where hearts and minds have been formed in God’s love since before my grandparents attended. It’s not only where I met the girl but also a peaceful place where I grew in my relationship with Jesus—a holy place where righteousness, peace, and joy were experienced.
So, the graffiti on the water tower overlooking the campus seemed out of place. You could practically see it from anywhere—crude, impudent, and offensive. In bold red spray-painted letters, it read, “Welcome to The Revolution.”
Revolution is “a momentous change in a situation.” Two thousand years ago, Jesus birthed the greatest revolution the world has ever seen. I think today’s Deconstruction Movement is an iteration of that revolution, a crude, out-of-place, impudent, offensive graffiti.
This movement is full of sons and daughters, the church deep and wide, changing our minds and surrendering our hearts to Greater Love. Yes, there is an abundance of reaction, but there’s also authentic response; a search for the kindness that leads to repentance. And there’s transformation.
This movement is bold, red, spray-painted letters prophetically confronting the church’s infatuation with retribution, a beautifully obnoxious sign declaring, “Wake up!” Wake up to the image and likeness of God with us, God within us.
We are in the midst of a great repentance, a de- and reconstruction, a changing of the way we think, a re-aligning with the kindness of God revealed through Christ’s reconciling work of the cross.
This movement is a messy, passionate, obnoxious, authentic search for certainty; for the Greater Love Cornerstone so many within the church have rejected. It’s a crude, impudent, and offensive declaration that there is no death love hasn’t defeated, no hell love hasn’t invaded, no delusion love hasn’t infiltrated, no darkness love hasn’t illuminated—there is nothing that separates us from reconciling love.
Dear church, this 2000-year-old Deconstruction Movement is part of the reformation we’ve longed for, the revival we’ve prayed for, the billion-soul harvest the church has prophesied, a people in search of kindness. It’s a repentance movement full of sons and daughters growing sure in love—and fathers and mothers growing confident in reconciliation.
Dear church, welcome to the revolution!
This article is excerpted from my book, Leaving and Finding Jesus