It’s all about Jesus. Nothing added; nothing taken away. It’s not Jesus plus something or Jesus minus something. It’s Jesus. Always has been; always will be. It’s just that sometimes in history we wake up to this because we go through long periods of being lulled to sleep by a cultural or folk religion that begins to take on agendas other than following Jesus. This happened 50 years ago when a youth generation discovered that the institutional church was rolling along quite fine without Jesus, and yet they were finding Him alive and well in the streets where they were crying out for peace, love and justice.
“Spirit in the Sky,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Jesus Is Just Alright with Me” — these were not Christian songs, they were secular songs attesting to a Jesus invasion that had nothing to do with Christians or the church. It’s happening again.
We had a guest on our BlogTalkRadio show last night and you must listen in to the podcast of our interview with Raymond De Silva, Program Specialist for Multnomah County Department of Human Services in Portland, Oregon, and Vice President of a union that protects 3,387 workers in his hometown from discrimination and injustice. Ray is a millennial who gets it.
In a city recently famous for an uprising of anarchy, Ray attests to a surprising spiritual awakening going on. Guess who he’s giving credit to? Jesus. That’s right. In a completely secular, godless, hostile environment, Jesus is working. Outside the church; outside the subculture. And as a government worker, he is aware of this. Even the division we see in the nation as a whole is echoed in the millennials, but he is seeing a move towards reconciliation, both racially and politically.
People want the truth. They want deeper relationships. They want justice for all — what he calls a Justice Quake. Ray has coined his own term for what he sees going on in the public square — he calls it a “youthful righteousness.” And they are finding what they seek in Jesus. What they are lacking is patience and wisdom. That’s where we come in.
If you are a millennial and you are reading this either as an email subscriber or visiting the Catch online, I urge you to write me and let me know. We know you are out there, and we want to connect with you. We want to come alongside you and help you reach your generation with the truth about Jesus. We have 50 years of experience and we know at least some of the pitfalls. Of course it’s different now, but some things stay the same.
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After reading today’s Catch, you must listen to our interview with Raymond De Silva. This is not the last we are going to hear from him. There’s something in the wind. Like Bob Dylan sang, “the answer is blowing in the wind,” and like Jesus said, the Spirit moves like the wind and we see its effects. It’s happening.
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