Why do we do all these things we do? The framework, the structure – that’s what I see missing in most churches. All the activity is there, but not the reason why. There are Bible studies, sermons, prayer groups, meal chains, service projects, giving to the poor, even worship and sacraments. It can be VERY easy to be so busy. And most, if not all, of these are good things. But why? Why do we do all these things? That question often doesn’t get asked – we do them just because that’s what we do. What’s so often missing is the narrative context, the why, the framework.
Come to think of it, that’s what I also see in so many lives. The activity is there, but not necessarily the reason. There’s the commute, the job, the kids’ swim lessons, their flash cards, the attendance at worship, cleaning the house, checking the car, getting the taxes done, getting the bills paid…. The list goes on and on and on. CS Lewis said in his sermon Learning in Wartime, “Before I became a Christian I do not think I fully realized that one’s life, after conversion, would inevitably consist in doing most of the same things one had been doing before: one hopes, in a new spirit, but still the same things.” Before I became a Christian I had to pay the bills. Now, after becoming a Christian I have to… pay the bills. Before I became a Christian, I went about my work every day. After becoming a Christian I have to… go about my work every day.
The activity is the same. As humans, we work (sometimes paid, sometimes unpaid). We engage in vocation. We make culture (whether we want to or not) as the product of our interaction with each other and our world. Why do we do them? What framework guides us? How do we understand their meaning? Does God care about them? Us? Our day-to-day lives? Is there meaning in the mundane? Missio attempts to answer that question, to find the framework that makes all of that activity make sense. Read along as we explore the issues of faith, vocation, and culture – finding the framework for them all in the pages of Holy Scripture.
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