The New Reality
In conversations with my son Isaac last week, we kept returning to his question "What do you think is going to be the next BIG thing?" We put no restrictions on the answer; either negative or positive, technological or political, cultural or ecological. The I read Thomas Freidman's op ed article in Sunday's NYT's and it hit home. The next big thing is two things: 1. no magic bullet and 2. chronic and systemic loss of trust. It echoed the new realities on the ground that what we are dealing with and living with will not go away with the latest congressional bailout or newest leader. Barak Obama is telling that. Get used to a long road back. How long is long? There is no discernable light at the end of several quarters or even years. But the trust-loss issue hits home harder. Bernie Madoff is the poster child for those we thought we could trust who let us down. As spiritual leaders and pastors, that is the new given reality we must embrace without being turned cynical. Our congregations do not immediately trust us. In fact, their first response is to be suspcious, or at least to suspend judgement until we prove ourselves trustworthy. Take these two Big Things and work them out in your context. What does it look like?