by Jazz Dron, SCM Australia
The Spirit in me greets the Spirit in you Hallelujah God’s in us and we’re in God, Hallelujah!
I applied to be the delegate for ASCM to the GA because I believe the Church has a prophetic task, and I believe that if the table ministry of Jesus was to be lived by the Church the world would be radically different.
I come from a context where indigenous people have been silenced. I come from a context where individualism, greed and consumerism have overtaken notions of community and simplicity. A context which has been apathetic in its comfort. A context which values national security over global community. What, I ask, how is it to be prophetic in this context?
When I arrived at the GA, I was suddenly living among what I viewed as a prophetic community. Being here this week I have been moved to think about prophetic communities instead of Prophetic individuals. History has created an image of the prophet as being an outsider, individual and alone. Given my context I am challenged to think about the prophetic task outside this individual framework and turn to the idea of prophetic community.
This week I sat at the table with people speaking a multitude of languages, telling diverse stories, laughing and crying. This experience has been transformative for me; I go home with a new energy for the prophetic task.
The prophetic task that I feel we are commissioned to from this place is to take our outrageous resolutions presented this morning, our creative musings, and innovative propositions and make them live. Amid our differences of opinions, arguments and sometimes painful debate I recognise that this is a unique and powerful gathering. We have been dreaming and visioning for the future. In many parts of the Church there is little energy left to dream. I am really excited about the amount of energy which is manifest in this place and in all the idealism of a “youth” (which I hope I never lose!) I believe that the world will be altered from this meeting.
What does this prophetic task look like in my context?
To answer this question I want to turn to the book of Acts 4.32-35. Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned they held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned land or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostle’s feet, and it was distributed to any who had need.
Simplicity, generosity, community, commonality are components which are dramatically lacking in Australia and the west instead we are constant striving to succeed and provide for ourselves. This week has inspired me to go home and attempt to cultivate this community which in its living and not only in its words proclaims the kingdom of God. This will be grass roots and it will be hard. This community will not only be contained within the so called “secure” walls of Australia.
I come from a tradition where at the communion table we say; “As this broken bread was once many grains, which have been gathered together and made one bread, so may your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom”. The Kingdom of God is at hand, it is hear and now!