For the past couple of years I have been trying to decide on a mission statement. And for a person who loves words the way that I do, it has proven an impossible task - that is until I was reading my now favorite author Mark Batterson. It was a quote in Primal where he juxtaposes the last and the next great “Reformation.” When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the church, it marked the beginning of a reformation that would change the face, hands, feet and life of the church forever. Batterson wrote, “The last reformation was a reformation of creeds. The next reformation will be a reformation of deeds.” He went on to characterize those reformers by saying that they would live "compassionately, creatively, and courageously for the cause of Christ.” When I read this statement bells went off in my whole self. Confidence. Compassion. Creativity. Courage. For Christ’s Cause. However, I felt as if I needed to add one more to this list - Curiosity. I, a new reformer of this world will be marked by a broken heart and a sanctified imagination. My driving force will be the love of God. A love that is shown and proven by compassion, creativity, curiosity and courage for CHRIST’S CAUSE. I’m totally getting a tatt. In an effort to continue in true butNaked fashion of transparency for this and the next 4 weeks I plan to discover and decide how I will endeavor to live out this creed within my entire life.
Here’s the butNaked question. What do you want the dash to say? You know, the dash between the date you were born and the date you die. Will it be filled with long awaited unfulfilled dreams? Will it be occupied with relationships that were never given the chance to deepen because of your fear of being hurt? Will it be riddled with lists of opportunities passed and overlooked because you weren’t prepared? In all transparency, although I have done some amazing things in the past 10 years, I have also spent them waiting to experience even greater things, with what I had hoped would be with a husband and family. Wasn’t it in the Master plan? Or maybe there were years that I spent hidden within the list above. When I turned 40, I made a major decision that opened the door to the rest of my life and now I’m experiencing the beginning of the life that I have known in my knower was the life designed for me. The terrifying thing is that God would have allowed me to waste my time waiting for what was never His plan. Iaintgonnabeabletodoit! I have one plan and no plan b and it is bathed in the last bit of my creed - for Christ’s Cause.
I’m still amazed at a perfect God’s ability to complete His perfect plan with imperfect people. The catch is, that He too does not have a plan b. Jesus and the Church are still God’s plan. We can decide to participate or not. So, what was His cause? Christ’s cause was WORLD DOMINATION! (Matt 28:19-21)
If you look at any of the mountains of culture as designed by Lance Wallnau, it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Kingdom of God does not rule our culture. Millennials hate religion as it is currently and most popularly designed and would prefer to join Bedside Baptist. Family is in severe danger of being redefined as something that was never intended. It’s unpopular to honor and respect President Trump simply based of his position alone. Business is grossly capital-driven instead of people driven and the answer is life imitates art; because if I see another IG video of some young girl imitating Cardi B, I’m gonna puke. No one goes to college anymore because YouTube University is actively handing out degrees. And the media? The media is already in the toilet because what is permissible promotes evil as good and good as evil.
This will not change unless there is a movement of reformers who are driven and transformed by the love of CHRIST. Be warned, there is No movement without a mob. And this mob must posses a true transformation that has both private and public proof that comes from a confrontation with the truth of the Cross and NOT by love alone. In my opinion this penny-ante “Jesus is love” movement forgets to highlight the violence that must be done to flesh if true transformation is to take place. Love was His motive, not his endgame.
It is my conviction that the Lord called me to build a conglomerate of people who spend their everything dominating on the mountain of culture of their calling and thereby multiplying the numbers of people who will infiltrate the culture to make Jesus’s name GLORIOUS. This is only done by dying to self and living for Christ’s cause - WORLD DOMINATION.
I’m Tifiny and iambutNaked…