Found this over at a Missio Alliance post talking of “The Pastor As Cultural Exegete.” That much made sense to me; exegeting the community, learning its stories, paying attention to “the people of peace” in the neighborhood. But I don’t think I had looked at the important role of discerning the truth that the surrounding culture can proclaim to the church. So, I loved the following from Karina Kreminski:
‘Reverse prophetism’ is a term used by Paul Tillich to describe the manner in which our culture can sometimes speak a word of truth into our lives. This is something that we need to pay attention to as the people of God and allow this listening to affect our attitudes and practices. If we have a solid theology of creation and we know that every human carries the image of God, marred as it is, then we will be listeners of any truth and wisdom which our culture speaks into the people of God. If we know that ‘all things’ were created through Christ (Colossians 1:16-17), then logically we will be able to hear truth through many avenues in our world. This counters the tendency of the Christian community toward withdrawal from a world which does in fact carry detrimental worldviews. Naturally, we remain critical discerners of any truth we hear no matter where it emerges from, yet we do not reject truth if it comes from outside the church.
So, it’s not just about learning about the community but letting the community speak truth to us.
Hmmm…what truth is the community around me speaking that I need to pay attention to?