No Church in the Wild

Wild: Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed:
 

Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West released a single along with Frank Ocean a few years ago called “No Church In The Wild.” The song claimed the irrelevance of God to a people who don’t believe in anything. I heard many Christians talk about the nature of the song promoting atheism, rebellion or other fears to be concerned about. I heard it more so as a call for Christians to stand up and get back into their rightful place in the world…or should I say the wild. Before a person meets Jesus and surrenders their life to Him, they were in the wild. We all were wild. No one was saved all their lives. For some reason as people become sanctified in Church, they lose touch with their “wild side” and become unaware of how to relate with unbelievers. While God saves us and changes our lives, He also calls us to GO into ALL the world (wild) and preach the gospel. The gospel is the good news of what God did for you and what He wants to do for others through you. Jesus is building His Church in the Wild. We were not designed to be far from the wild. We exist for the wild.

Our failure to engage the world and make disciples is what Dallas Willard calls “The Great Omission.”

We have to get our wild-side back. Jesus is the one who left Heaven, to enter the wild and save us all. No matter how far we were, He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus went looking in the wild to find people in need of saving. He found prostitutes, the sick and hurting, people suffering from injustices and all who were in need of rescuing from sin and death. Jesus was God. He knew no sin, but became sin for us. How can we, who knew sin figure that we are too “holy” to go back into the wild we came from and reach people who need saving like we did? Consider this verse:

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

 

You know, the average unbeliever is not accustomed to Christians having something nice to say to them. Christianity is known more for what they don’t like rather than for what we do like. When an unbeliever gets around a Christian, their expectation is to hide from hearing the judgmental words of a religious nut. But the scriptures reveal that God was in Christ restoring relationship with Himself not by holding people’s sins against them but by forgiving them of their sins, doing good to them and for them. God is for the unbeliever, not against them. Christ died for the ungodly and came to call the sinner, not the righteous to repentance. (see Romans 5:6, Luke 5:32)

The Church has become tamed. If the definition of wild as stated above means not cultivated or tamed, then the Church must become untamed in order to reach the world God died for. The Church has become safe. Tamed.

Our theology is safe, our culture is safe

We need to untame our idea of God. A fire cannot be tamed and our God is a consuming fire.

The problem: Believers were trained and taught outside of God’s Heart. Our faulty view of God hinder our ability to reach the lost.

The church’s inability to reach the World is due to its use of Truth without Grace.The Jesus Mind understands God’s Heart towards the wild. How does He view the world? John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Love. Forgiveness. Hope. Grace. Honor. Encouragement. That’s His heart.

God loves the sinner in the wild just as much as He loves the saint in the Church. (Romans 5:8)

Perhaps we are trying to build a Church the wild will come to. How about BEING a church the wild will come to, for the Church is not a building but a people. Better yet, let’s not wait for them to come, let’s meet them where they are! In January 2013 At Hungry 4 God Church, we are preparing our people to go on mission to be a Church in the WIld. In order to do so, we are going into communities as Tribes, small groups encouraging people to connect with us in order to discover God, His Son and His Love. We believe our call to build tribes, churches in the wild, will capture the hearts of many looking for God but afraid of Church. Tribes in parks. Tribes in bars. Tribes in coffee shops. Tribes in homes. Tribes in businesses. Tribes on college campuses. Tribes in libraries. Wherever people are, we want a tribe there. A bit risky? sure.  But that’s what being wild is all about. Let the fun begin!

Question: Do you think the Church is losing relevance or influence in this generation? If so, what do you believe will fix it??

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