The Truth in Reality (part 2)

I’ve already created a post called Christian Improv inspired by this video and a Part 1… That’s how good this talk is. Since the video was so packed with information, let’s bring it home with Part 21

  • “…conflict results in the {potential} loss of understanding…. we’re not in debate, we’re not in dialogue, we’re just shouting.” That’s what this site is for. I want dialogue, even if it’s in disagreement. I don’t know everything and neither do you. Maybe it’s not even about agreement; maybe it’s just about acceptance of one another’s reality. I don’t need anyone’s validation to know what I experienced, but every day, just like you, I seek God so that my reality looks more like his truth. As we all gravitate closer to it, we’ll have a better chance of understanding one another. We’ll also grow more and more in awe of how vast our God is; that he can cover each of us no matter how far apart our realities seem.
  • “When I’m able to accept another person’s reality then I can learn, then I can communicate. I don’t have to agree with them.” Learning is one of the wisest things we can do as a Christian. I once heard Joyce Meyer say, “You can’t skin a fish before you catch it.” You’re absolutely right, Joyce. You can’t convince someone you’re right simply by showing them they’re wrong (even if they are). I think we’ve gotten lazy with the Gospel. We’ve convinced ourselves that all we have to do is be is right, but that’s wrong… Jesus (the whole reason we’re here) didn’t go around telling people all they were doing wrong or what was right. He established relationships and connected to people to show he really cared which lead to open hearts. Scott Pierce also said this: “I’ve learned, through improv, that when I’m confronted by a point a view I reflexively want to deny. I allow myself the space and the grace to accept, to consider… If I can do that, then I can form a bond with that person. When we do that enough we form a community.”
  • “When I empty myself in life, life flows… there are good things, there are bad things. If I attach expectations to those things, it’s frustrating. If I can release those things and let life flow through me, I have contentment and peace. I think we have an unnecessary aversion to being open. We’re afraid any way we make ourselves available to things outside of our comfort zone open us up to evil, but we were given a spirit of discernment and common sense. Western Christians are also so ethnocentric and individualistic that we forget how inclusive and meaningful God is to everyone and because of that we miss out on experiencing the fullness of God. Instead we settle for the attributes that support western values. Opening up allows God himself to bring us more understanding and opportunity through unfamiliar people, places, and things we avoid out of masked fear.

So there you have it. I’m confident I have squeezed that video to death. But if you need a reality check, be sure to have a look for yourself.

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I am a Life & Ministry Coach who works with established Christian ministries who are seeking to improve relationship with the LGBTQ community. I specialize in gathering and presenting quantitative research as well as providing my own experience to help ministry leaders understand the current landscape and social trends. Now, through sharing my experience and coaching others, I’m coming home to help ministries and individuals navigate the minefield of #cancelculture and the ever-changing landscapes to reach those who feel like they're fighting alone.

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