Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1: 26-29 NRSV)
I am not a normal Christian. I am poetic, eccentric, weird, offline, sometimes offensive, brash, intellectual, emotional, drawing outside the box and much more that does not fit comfortably into mainstream Christianity.
I am a writer and blogger who has homosexual and transgender followers who appreciate what I write, though I write from the deepest convictions of my heart, honoring and glorifying God without compromise.
I simply do not fit, yet I am a child of God and a full member of His kingdom, and He loves me! And He has a place for me, too … perhaps to the discomfort of some, but God is kind of different and eccentric, too! So He understands and appreciates me and “my kind.”
I am not saying any of this for self-adulation, but simply because there are more individuals out there like me, whom God is calling into his Church in order to refresh and renew and prepare for the waves of marginalized and outcasts who are soon coming.
I recently shared a prophetic-type poem about this: “Waves Upon Waves Are Coming.” And business-as-usual in the Church (generally speaking) simply will not suffice. They are coming, but even “seeker-friendly” and charismatic churches are not prepared.
Consequently, the Lord is bringing in His poets and writers, artists and sculptors, craftsmen and gardeners, musicians and playwrights and others to assume ministry in prominent places. Why? Precisely because they are the creative sort needed at this time.
One final note: Often times before a tsunami hits, the waters along the coastline actually tremendously recede. This is often called a “drawdown” or “negative wave.” In the coming weeks and months, the Church (in North America, at least) may very well experience a drawdown, but beware: The negative wave is actually an indication that the tsunami is just about to hit! So make no mistake … it’s coming. They are coming!