“There’s an old communication theory that goes: When predictability is high, impact is low. In other words, when the audience thinks they know what you’re going to say, and you go ahead and say it, your words makes very little impact. On the other hand, when an audience is surprised or intrigued, they will think long and hard about what they’ve heard.
The same goes for Christian outreach. Remember that one of the primary acts of the evangelistic believer is the arousal of curiosity among unbelievers leading to questions and faith sharing. Acts of philanthropy and hospitality by Christians today are not unheard of, but neither are they unexpected. If we hear a Christian businessman donated money to a cause, or that a church has opened a feeding program or a hospice, we aren’t intrigued. It is expected. I’m not suggesting Christian philanthropy shouldn’t continue as an expression of the grace offered to us in Christ, but it doesn’t evoke questions the way it might have in the fourth century. Neither does living a fine upstanding middle-class lifestyle in the suburbs. Again, I’m not saying we shouldn’t live our lives this way, but if we’re trying to live questionable lives, then cutting the lawn, saying hi to the neighbors, washing our car, walking the dog and driving to the office every day is hardly an intriguing lifestyle.”
Frost’s challenge leaves no room of me to be comfortable. I’m forced to confront the demons of mediocrity (as far as understanding how Christ’s message compels us to live) that has been released by the systems of this world.
This can only be subverted by missional habits cultivated daily to guide me on how to think, feel or act.
This week let me start with Bless.