Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Morning After

As I listened to either the euphoric voices or the hugely disappointed voices of the election, I read a very insightful article this morning that helped to frame the signifcance of the election of Barack Obama as President-elect in the United States.

David Brooks, a syndicated columnist, writes: "Election day was a historic day because it marked the end of an economic era, a political era and a generational era all at once.

Economically, it marked the end of the Long Boom, which began in 1983.

Politically, it probably marked the end of converative dominance, which began in 1980.

Generationally, it marked the end of the baby-boomer supremacy, which began in 1968.
For the past 16 years, baby boomers who were formed by the tumult of the 1960's, occupied the White House.

(I would like to add, also, that it marked the end of a racial era, much sooner than most people in their wildest dreams thought it would happen.)

Last night, a member of the new generation became president-elect.

So, Election Day was not only a pivot, but became a confluence of pivots."

We have entered into new territory. It's going to be so interesting to see the shifts that take place; in many ways, I celebrate these new shifts. I especially see how God is specifically positioning Missio Lux to be a more culturally relevant way to walk with Jesus than in the traditional church. It is also a structure that will be able to adapt quickly, move organically, and travel light, so we can be available and prepared for when the crisis hits or the stock market drops.

Galatians 4:2 states, "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under law; that we might receive the full rights of sonship.

I believe we are in another fullness of time, when the world is shifting so dramatically it makes our head spin; but it puts in a place where our eyes are open and looking for Jesus each and every day. We really can't do life right now without him.

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