Where are we now?

Following the sudden news this week of the death of David Bowie, I thought I'd republish this article that first appeared on the Transformation Thurrock website on 18 January 2013. The top two photos of of the weird and wonderful video of the song the article is based on, and the rest are images of Berlin taken in June 2008. Tim Harrold

Before you read this, though, read this article from 13.1.16: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/david-bowie-didnt-fear-death-7169844


Bowie Berlin 1 jpeg 5am, Tuesday 8 January. Like a thief in the night, David Bowie returns to earth.

After floating in a tin can far above the moon for almost a decade, he lands with a new song, Where Are We Now?, and the promise of a new album in March, called The Next Day.

BBC Radio 4 were the first to announce the good news on the Today programme. ‘Ten thousand peoploids’ of a certain age wake up to the bolt-from-the-blue with a moment’s frisson. It was like being, well, young again. Which Bowie isn’t - that day was also his 66th birthday.

They played a brief snippet of the new single, Where Are We Now? Bowie’s wistfully reminiscing about his old haunts in Berlin. It sounds other-worldly, obscure, melancholic, difficult, nostalgic, beautiful, arty. Well, this is Bowie we’re talking about.

The accompanying video only adds to the riddle wrapped in a mystery in an enigma. It’s either outrageously pretentious or incredibly clever. Well, this is Bowie we’re talking about.

Bowie Berlin 2So, asks Mr Bowie in reflective mood, ‘Where are we now?’

It’s a good question.

Bowie is asking the question of the world. Have things got better since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? Did the hope that represented transform the world? He’s asking the question, but of course we know the answer. No.

Jets fly into skyscrapers. Politicians lie and use public money for their own ends. Suicide bombers blow up trains. Banks collapse, recession brings poverty, and monetary systems buckle under the strain. Men with guns open fire on filmgoers at a movie house or little children in school. TV stars abuse their positions of privilege and trust, and abuse. Sportsmen cheat. Revolutionary ‘springs’ are in reality ‘autumns’.

WAWN my 4 jpeg‘Where are we now?’ Bowie’s rhetorical question is filled with a resigned, negative, pessimistic despair. He finds his hope and security only ‘as long as there’s sun... rain... fire... me... you.’

What’s the Kingdom paradigm? What’s the view from the church?

Where are we now? Where are we now? Where are we now? Where are we now?  

Where are we now?
Are we Kingdom-living, Kingdom-centric, Kingdom-led?
We’re in the world, but not of it. We follow a King who’s Kingdom is invading Planet Earth using weapons like love, grace, forgiveness, service, prayer... And this Kingdom is found where people are obeying the King.

Where are we now?
Is doing church the same as being Kingdom?
Our King’s sent us out with three commands: to love God; love others, whoever and whatever; and to make new followers of the King, baptising them and teaching them to hear and obey those commands for themselves. If we’re being this, we are. If we’re not, we aren’t. (Get your head around that!)

WAWN my 1 jpegWhere are we now?
Do we see the big picture?
Unity with God, and unity with each other, are intrinsically intertwined. You can’t have one without the other. When the Kingdom is in me, I automatically become one of the many, we.

Where are we now?
Looking back or looking forward?
We have entered a new era of opportunity for mission. A reformation of structure is emerging. Church is being re-imagined as people return to the Ancient Paths of the Kingdom that the disciples of the first 300 years of Christianity trod. This is scary! The comfort zone of the eerie is being dismantled around us, making us uncomfortable to the point that we may have to jump out and... fly... like an eagle...

Where are we now?
We stand on the threshold of something amazing - the miracle and miracles of Kingdom manifesting more and more around us as all the King’s men and women, boys and girls, start obeying him. There will be opposition, suffering and persecution. If we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for, we can only walk through the opened door of the inevitable and the prophetic imperative before us. Jesus transformation. Bring it on.

WAWN my 7 jpegMore questions for prayer
  • Where am I now?
  • Where is the fellowship I am part of now?
  • Where is Thurrock now?

Give a man a fish or teach a man to fish. Jesus said follow me and I will make you fishers of men, not follow me and watch me fish.
Katie Wather

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Tim Harrold, 12/01/2016

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