Being Clueless in a Dying World (Part1)
Being Clueless in a Dying World (3 Part Series)
We completed a team-building exercise at Minute Maid Park. While there it was very clear – if you were a diehard Houston Astros fan, you were a huge asset, and if you weren’t well, you couldn’t contribute the same. In fact you were clueless on where our trip was going, and on scoring bonus points. Life can be framed by being clueless as well.
Levels of Cluelessness (PART 1)
Being clueless about Christ
This is a state of being unaware, ill-informed, un-informed. In this place one may be completely and totally ignorant regarding heaven or hell, or there may be a knowledge, but a lack of caring. Could be a sentiment of emptiness or a sense of “I know better” or a sense of “religion is worthless”. All of these feelings originate from somewhere – our intent tonight is not to discover where that comes from, but to acknowledge this state exists.
Another element about this segment is they don’t understand. They don’t get why we choose to get together on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s. They don’t grasp why we choose to not consume drugs and alcohol, why we wait to have sex until marriage, they don’t know why we’re adamant about what our children are taught or why we believe marriage is between a husband and a wife.
Being clueless as a community of believers
In congregations a lot of time we’re clueless about one another. Do you know one another on a personal level? Consider for a moment who you routinely associate with when you assemble together. Who are the people you eat out with, hang out with, and have Bible studies with? Is it, relatively speaking, always the same people? Is it routinely the same group of people, the same families, and the same individuals? Are you part of a clique? This question seems simple enough – and typically we answer “no” quickly. But many times we block others out knowingly or unknowingly by failing to be inclusive. This exclusion could be based upon age, perceived wealth, perceived status, or some other reason.
Being clueless about the community we live in.
The other element is our cluelessness in our community. We’re not as familiar with our neighbors as we used to be. They’re busy, and we’re busy. They’re distracted, and we’re distracted. Plus we don’t want to offend anyone, and there is political correctness…right? We’re not connecting on a personal level.
We’re now aware of the different layers of being clueless.
What we’ve done so far is imperative. We must look at ourselves and the situations we’re in.
That leaves us with this last question:
What do we need to do?