Vertical Missional Myopia

20130324-110137.jpgFor his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20

Often, this scripture is used in an accusative way for the unbeliever who is not seeing what God reveals to them through nature or “the things that have been made.”

I think we miss something here though. Believers primarily look up towards the sky, the planets, the stars, tree branches, mountain tops, and the like and shout “Look! Can’t you see.” They have vertical myopia.

The things that have been made include the horizontal plain. At eye level, we look into each others eyes, we extend the hands of fellowship, we put our feet in motion towards and for our fellow man and “see” the image of God in people. There is a general revelation that comes from seeing God’s image shine through humanity.

Each of us, regardless of our spiritual maturity can learn something of God from one another. In fact, I think it’s crucial. We use our fingers to point upwards instead of outwards or inwards. We’re give to proclamation at the expense of demonstration. We lift our hands in praise, but balk at extending our hands outward to hug, heal, and harken others to the Gospel. The very construction of houses of worship are designed to bring your eyes upward toward God and away from your neighbor. How are we suppose to engage each other if we’re always focused in the vertical?

Mission is 3 dimensional. Mission is motion. Mission is God-Man centered. Jesus’ very nature is vertical & horizontal. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28

Every twitch reveals something about God. How much more so and act of kindness towards our neighbor? And so the church is vertically myopic. A few questions:

How much eye contact do you make each day with people? Enough?

Should mission ever be sedentary and vertical only?

What, in your opinion, is curative for Missional vertical myopia?

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    1. Curative? Maybe a focus on the greatest commandment according to Jesus, namely—Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength—AND love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus was asked for the ONE greatest commandment, and He saw our relationships with each other as being important enough to mention ALONG WITH our relationship with God. It’s almost like He couldn’t mention one without the other, because they go so hand-in-hand, that you almost CAN’T love God WITHOUT loving your neighbor. That’s who He is. And it’s who He expects us to be. A good preacher can probably expound on this much better than I, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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