The Christian Calling to Rescue Cultures: The Servant
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Connection is Biblical. Jesus prayed to God that believers would “all be one… so that the world will believe you sent me.” Paul states that “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” We are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation in the world by creating churches, workplaces and communities that have cultures of love and connection.
Time to Take Action
Cultures today desperately need rescuing. This includes cultures in workplaces, in homes, in churches, in neighborhoods, in schools, and in nations. Consider the following statistics:
- Disengaged Employees - In America, 70 percent of employees don't feel connected and are not engaged at work. They show up for the paycheck, but don’t give their best efforts;
- Loneliness - Across Western nations, physicians recognize an “epidemic of loneliness,” between 1985-2004, the number of Americans who had not discussed “important matters” with a friend over prior six months tripled to 25% of those surveyed. The percent of Americans living alone soared from 10% 1950 to 27% in 2010. A 2010 AARP survey found that 35 percent of adults older than 45 were chronically lonely as opposed to 20 percent a decade earlier;
- Depression - Levels of depression today are 10X the levels of depression in 1960;
- Substance Abuse - It has been estimated that although America has 4.5 percent of the world’s population, it consumes more than half of the world’s legal mood-altering drugs for anxiety and depression and two-thirds of the world’s illegal drugs;
- Sexual Addiction and Pornography – Six to eight percent of Americans are addicted to sex (National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity), Seventy percent of 18-34 year-old American men visit a porn site monthly, and the average adolescent American boy watches 50 pornographic videos each week.
From a human perspective these statistics can be overwhelming but let’s not forget that with God nothing is impossible. God calls us to be a Kingdom of priests who empowered with the Holy Spirit come together as the Church that saves the world from Dog-Eat-Dog Cultures and Cultures of Indifference. Will you commit to making a difference?
Pankau and Stallard are co-authors of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson). Rev. Jason Pankau is president of Life Spring Network, a ministry that helps pastors and church leaders develop holistic, transformational, disciple-making communities, and he is the author of Beyond Self Help: The True Path to Harnessing God’s Wisdom, Realizing Life’s Potential and Living the Abundant Life (Xulon Press). Michael Lee Stallard is president of E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training, consulting and coaching firm that helps leaders develop “Connection Cultures” that boost productivity, innovation and performance.
Publication date: June 20, 2012
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