.:: What if the Church was this INFECTIOUS?

This is a great video to watch.  The story on it is that more than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. With just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt.  It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.

As I watched it, I was amazed by some of the ways it was staged to make it look like some of the bystanders just got drawn in to it and became part of the number.  It made me think, “What if we as the church were living our lives in a way like this as to draw in those around us into what we are doing?”

What if we were living our lives like these people in the station and those around us joined in because of what they saw?

What if we were actually filled with JOY in the Spirit that those around us HAD to have some of what we had?

I think that is what Peter is getting at when he writes, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  (I Peter 3:15) You see, I traditionally heard that passage preached with relation to apologetics and our need to know every jot and tiddle about Scripture so that when our lost friend asked a question about God, we would have the RIGHT answer.  But I think Peter is saying, “Live your lives in such a Salt & Light way that when others ask you ‘Why are you different?’ you can tell them about this Jesus you are following.”

So (a needle pulling thread)

What if we were this different that we oozed this hope that we have?

This infectious with our faith, our hope, our joy and our walk (or more accurately, our dance with God)?


One Response to “.:: What if the Church was this INFECTIOUS?”

  1. Jack Williamson Says:

    Walter, This is a great thought and visual. Thank you. I have been having similar thoughts lately. Recently watching Bill Mahr’s “Religulous” left me wrestling with how to present ourselves and our message in attractive, important and palatable ways. As Paul says, “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to stun or silence the wise” . Our quandary and responsibility is to constantly adjust and work to live in such a way that this “foolish” Truth of faith becomes attractive to those who think they have no need for any of it. The Truth is that this ridiculous Savior is the only thing they really need. We need to live lives of love and compassion and fidelity and genuine concern so that when they feel need we can provide comfort and Jesus can gain the glory for being the reason we care. There is much to think about there.

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