informational to experiential

The following is an insightful excerpt from faith in real life by Mike Tatlock:

Within modernism, people discovered truth through the authority and power of reason–hence it is called the “Age of Reason.” Modernism taught that the rational mind has the power to dissect, analyze, and grasp truth and to draw objective conclusions about reality.

Postmodernity, on the other hand, values multiple subjective truths gained through personal experiences. Many people may still value reason, but only if it is consistent with their experience. We’ve come to discover that information by itself leads to intellectualism, which doesn’t necessarily lead to life change. Many postmoderns don’t want merely to learn about God; they want to taste, feel, hear, and embrace their spirituality in holistic, tangible ways. (pg 66)

There are some in Europe who say postmodernity has made its way through the minds of young Europeans already and the discussion is over for postmodernity. Yet, it is at the core of their identity, and now it is making a sweep across young American minds and challenging American philosophies. While I don’t want to make light of the criticality of postmodernism in America, we also shouldn’t fear its presence.

I believe wholeheartedly that the missional movement creates a place for postmoderns to learn about God by tasting the incarnational Jesus as Matlock states. This can be done through community. Personally, I fail at this far too often and I’ve said it before; I still believe in my heart that the most effective and impactful way of souls to be drawn to Jesus is through life-on-life relationships. It’s not easy because in our modernistic thinking it’s not rational. Yet, in the deepest parts of our human soul we yearn for authentic relationships that allow us to be transparent and transformed.

The chaos we face on this spiritual landscape may not pass anytime soon, but we must be galvanized under the ministry of reconciliation for the redemption of humanity. Let me close with a quote from an MSNBC article about the “Occupy Wall Street” protest titled Insider out: One man’s journey from the front office to Wall St. ‘Occupier’:

I think that most grassroots movements that I am aware of start out messy and disorganized but they do come together because there is some galvanizing need or desire or sense of purpose. – Jon Reiner

grace and peace…


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