Our approach to the Christian life is more likely to be an expression of our sociology than our Christology. We are more prone to see people and events through the lens of our background, class, ethnicity, and education than through the eyes of Jesus’ compassion, justice, and mercy. This is not a surprise. It is just that too often we don’t realize how much deeper the transformative work of the Gospel must be since our own sociological lenses leave us with vision that is often so distorted, self-serving, and even blind.
Discipleship is responding to a call by faith to see God, our neighbor and ourselves in new and truer ways. The question then is how can a congregation’s way of seeing become more and more like God’s. We want, not only to see God. We also want to see the way God sees. We need the continuous transformation of our vision. When vision language is used in many churches it primarily refers to a church’s programmatic sense of direction—some kind of “vision statement”. That is not what we mean here. What we are talking about will indeed need to be worked into the programs of the church, but what is more fundamental is the renewing of the heart and mind so that we begin to see more like Jesus. ~ Mark Labberton #MicahGroups #FullerSeminary