If there is one thing I am passionate about it is this:
The world needs to be changed.
I hope that comes through clearly in the things I write here. I also hope that it is clear that my motivation for this passion is just as clear.
I believe the world needs to be changed because I follow Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
However, I also believe that many other people who do not have the same motivation also want to see the world changed and have many of the same goals as me. So
I will gladly work with people who have similar goals but do not share my faith in Jesus.
The changes that I want to see include:
- Utter destruction of Poverty everywhere
- Justice for all people
- Peace throughout the world
- All people to be valued, welcomed and included
- Protection of the planet and its resources for future generations
- Building of communities around these goals.
For me as a Christian these changes form part of what I understand as the need to be part of the building of the Kingdom of God and also preparing for the return of Jesus. However, I believe that many others would see these changes as desirable, certainly as worthwhile and maybe even as essential.
Does my life show commitment to changing the world?
I have been reflecting on how my commitment to these changes becomes real. In other words what aspects of my life make concrete contributions to these changes. Alternatively "what do I do?" and "what am I?" so that people can see and experience my commitment to these goals.
As I look at the very public side of myself in the contents of this blog I hope that my commitment can be seen in four main areas
- My lifestyle as a disciple of Jesus
- My work within the Methodist Church (and wider Christian Community) to encourage change and growth
- My support for and contributions to Free Software
- My commitment to cycling as transport
In some ways these may appear a mixed bag of general and specific, they may also leave you wondering if they are connected and even how they might support the changes I am committed to.
So I want to explore each of these four areas in a series of posts before then considering more generally how we can change/should the world. While I hope all my thinking is theological I also hope that it is still relevant to those interested in changing the world who do not share my faith perspective.
One of the reasons for this series was a post by a friend (Dave Faulkner) Seth Godin: Without Them « Big Circumstance and the comments that followed. In them I mentioned that I try to bring change in the way Seth Godin suggests and that I refer to it as "being easier to get forgiveness than permission". Dave asked me to expand on what I meant and in particular on the importance of motivation and process in doing this.
However, that is not the only reason. Through reflecting on these issues I also hope to find it helpful for me as a review of where I am and how well my life actually fits with what I believe is important. Therefore this is not fully planned and worked out so diversions and changes should be expected on this journey. Hopefully that taking stock will be of interest and perhaps help to others too.
Please feel free to challenge woolly thinking as we go and for that matter encourage anything good as well Helping me be honest and thorough is good for me and should make this more generally useful as well.