The First Danger of the Gig Culture

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The First Danger of the Gig Culture

          While I strongly believe the church and church leaders need to embrace the Gig culture, I also believe that we have a unique roll to play, as always, in being counter cultural.

          The Gig culture creates some life deficits that the church is uniquely qualified to fill with the grace and love of Jesus. I am certain that as I write this there are many, but I want to start with one, and we’ll see where this goes.

          One problem with a gig culture is that because I can learn, grow, share, and live freely from one gig to the next, I can be choosy about to whom and what I open myself.

          The benefit to this is that I can avoid listening or hearing from those who are destructive. The problem is that without intentionality I will quickly fall into a silo, hearing only from those who agree with me already. I will not learn from other disciplines, or how to communicate with other people. I recently heard Carey Nieuwhof refer to this as the “tribalization” of communities.

          While tribes have a purpose and bring some protection, even strength. God has called His church to be ambassadors of peace,

“For He (Jesus) Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” (Eph. 2:14 NASB)

          As we move into this world and seek to understand and communicate in the language of “gig kids”, we need to understand the need to be ambassadors of unity.

          The fear for many is that unity is the same as compromise. It is not.

          Unity is a willingness to pursue like-minded goals together despite differences. I can feed the hungry beside a Muslim, even though I am praying that she comes to know the love of Jesus. The Baptist and the Charismatic can worship and pray together.

          The danger of tribes is that eventually, we will see ourselves as the only right group in the world, and soon we will be all alone, because we never agree with anyone all the time.

          The cross should remind us that we too were once lost and in need of hope. It should remind us that we are not better than others, we are just blessed. Finally, it should show us that the way of Christ is to enter the world of your enemies and do whatever it takes short of sin to reach out with love. As Oscar Thompson says, “We are just beggars who have found bread,” and we are now supposed to tell other beggars where to find it.

          This means we need to listen and learn the language, heart, and needs of those not like us. The church should be the leading force in overcoming the tribalization of our communities.