robbymac continues the fictional conversation about leadership between “Elder” and “Younger” in his latest post called “Dingy & Musty“. While the “content” of the conversation is about flat vs. flattened leadership, the side conversations about living among people are extremely important as well. Here are my favorite lines:
I guess when it affects real, live people, it’s different than when we’re just discussing theoretical possibilities…
The Younger took another look at the regular patrons of the tavern, with a new sense of appreciation. “Well, at least we’re being ‘incarnational’, by being here, eh?” he quipped, as they got up to leave.
The Elder chuckled as their threaded their way back to the outside street, under the quickly-descending light of dusk. “Yeah, I guess we’re more ‘authentic’ this way, but as long as our conversation in this place is on another plane of existence from the rest of the patrons, I’m not sure we’re really all that much closer. But we’re getting there. Bit by bit, I really do believe we’re getting there.”
Jesus became incarnational and lived among us as one of us. We do not live among people just by building a structure in the neighborhood, or meeting in a store front across the street.