A Prophetic Minority

Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 
Isaiah 6:5-8

This summer I came across an article from a prominent Christian leader who used an expression that caught my attention:  prophetic minority.  
It was an acknowledgement that there was no longer a moral majority in America, but not a lament at that reality. It was a call for the church to accept, adapt & embrace its new role as prophetic minority. It was refreshing to read these words in the Wall Street Journal, particularly from a large American denomination often maligned in the mainstream media. But it was also encouraging in that it succinctly articulated my perception of the churches opportunity in our urban Canadian context. For we are at least 20 years ahead of the US church as Canadians - in our secularization, biblical illiteracy, resistance to the gospel, and consideration of the church.

By grace, urban Canadian Christ-followers get to live as prophetic minority, and this should be good news. For where has the Gospel ever been received as ‘good’ that hadn’t already experienced a significant amount of ‘bad’.  We live in a culture that is broken in many ways: it doesn’t value the church (having hardly any positive reference points) - it doesn’t value the culture of ‘life’ (increasingly weighing life by capacity - for the unborn, disabled & elderly) - doesn’t value truth (not understanding Jesus as the embodiment of Grace & Truth) - it replaces reconciliation with recycling (or other forms of works-righteousness).  In short, ours is a city who hasn’t experienced the power of the Gospel - the wonder of Jesus - the gift of His Spirit - the beauty of our Creator - the renewing our minds.  Our city hasn’t yet met Jesus, but He’s called & sent us to proclaim & live Him.  What a glorious privilege & opportunity!  

So consider it joy, brothers & sisters!  We get to live in a most remarkable time.  Turbulent, challenging, and so full of redemptive potential.  As we embrace our role as prophetic minority, may we increasingly work with humble, gracious joy to bring life, hope, meaning & reconciliation into our city.  To work for the renewal of Vancouver, as equipped by the Spirit, as directed by the Word, as sent-servants called to make the reality of Jesus known in our everything.  

So that one day.  Some day. By grace. Our neighbours will join us in singing Holy Holy Holy, is the Lord God Almighty.   
Who was, and is, and is to come. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.      Philippians 2:10-11

Here’s to spending our lives for the glory of God, the good of the church & the renewal of our city.  

With eager anticipation of the Spirit’s work in our midst,   

pastor ~ reality vancouver church