Friday, April 13, 2007

I'd Ignore Him Too

I saw this amazing analogy on Seth Godin's Blog today. It is a true story reported in the Washington post. [World-class violinist plays for hours in a subway station, almost no one stops to listen]. The experiment just proved what we already know about context, permission and worldview. If your worldview is that music in the subway isn't worth your time, you're not going to notice when the music is better than usual (or when a famous violinist is playing). It doesn't match the story you tell yourself, so you ignore it. Without permission to get through to you, the marketer/violinist is invisible.(read more)

Likewise, if your worldview of church is that it is an outdated religious exercise, you are not likely to check it out even if it would be good for you. If you think that the Bible is an outdated religious book written by ancients in an effort to make sense of a confusing world, then you are not likely to read it. Just as the violinist's music is the same in any location, the truth is still the truth. Why do we spend so much time arguing with each other about doctrine and so little time finding ways to bridge the gap between those who are far from God and his love for them through Jesus Christ?

Seth says, "I don't think the answer is to yell louder. Instead, I think we have an opportunity to create beauty and genius and insight and offer it in ways that train people to maybe, just maybe, loosen up those worldviews and begin the trust."

I have heard it said many times, "the Bible says it, I believe it, and that does it.

No
. It doesn't. Jesus last statement to his followers was not "believe in me", is was "go, make the world believe in me."

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