I thought I should give you an update regarding “The Offer” which was referenced in a previous post. With all the speculation surrounding the offer I received and the proposed theories of a possible “agendas” I thought I should fill you in on the latest.
Actually, there’s not much to say in the way of details. The proposed invite isn’t just a one-on-one dinner, and of course I didn’t make that clear in the original post. The family has a low-key get together each week with neighbors and friends just to hang out and watch “Survivor” (a show I no longer watch). So I received an email to the next get-together and I haven’t been able to go yet to either one because of schedule conflicts, but plan on making one soon (along with my oldest who loves the show)… after all they were nice enough to invite me, it can’t hurt to get to know my neighbors, and there is gonna be free food.
So I disagree with all of you that are claiming some sort of “subversive agenda”. Of course, I do believe there was an agenda, but from my vantage point and intuition it was only positive. I truly sensed that there was genuine care and concern and they were just being friendly to invite me along to one of the weekly things they do at their house. Nothing more, nothing less.
The actual point of my previous post was not about what might or might not happen as a result of this invitation. It was more about the invitation itself. And I do feel that such simple invitations are revolutionary.
These type of actions are revolutionary, especially coming from paid pastors and “professional Christians”, because it allows those that they are trying to develop relationships with to know that they have genuine interest in them as people, not just as a butt in the pew (or folding chair) on Sundays. Traditionally, church people still tend to think of “outreach” as a way to get people to the church facilities or functions. Even the most progressive churches (read “emergent”) view it this way. But I think it’s revolutionary to stop asking people to come to church, to stop doing “church-wide” programs or advertising to promote attendance or “church growth”. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.