The Need for a Velvet Revolution
For those of us involved in trying to steer the church back to her early, First Century, New Testament roots, we must realize that many of those believing friends around us may have possibly spent their entire lifetime in church “muddling through”. Let me explain what I mean by that…
For the past few years I have been working part time as a web designer. This may not seem to be a good place to find parallels to the house church movement but I found some interesting comparisons with how people use web sites and how people “do church”.
It seems hard to imagine but when people get “on the web” to search sites or look for something to buy, etc. they don’t actually stop and try to figure out how to use the site they are at but rather prefer to “muddle through”.
Read it for yourself, from Web Usability expert Steve Krug:
“We don’t figure out how things work. We muddle through. One of the things that becomes obvious… is the extent to which people use things all the time without understanding how they work, or with completely wrong-headed ideas about how they work. Faced with any sort of technology, very few people take the time to read instructions. Instead, we forge ahead and muddle through, making up our own vaguely plausible stories about what we’re doing and why it works… And muddling through is not limited to beginners. Even technically savvy users often have surprising gaps in their understanding of how things work…
Why does this happen?
1. It’s not important to us. For most of us, it doesn’t matter to us whether we understand how things work, as long as we can use them. It’s not for lack of intelligence, but for lack of caring. In the great scheme of things, it’s just not important to us.
2. If we find something that works, we stick to it. Once we find something that works—no matter how badly—we tend not to look for a better way. We’ll use a better way if we stumble across one, but we seldom look for one.” (Steve Krug, 2000)
Many in the simple church lifestyle are saying that we are in a “revolution”, which is the overthrow of an unjust government. In many ways I agree, but I believe that this must be “Velvet Revolution” like was lived out before the world’s eyes during the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia. This non-violent, bloodless revolution happened because so many people – at times up to 500,000 – took to the streets en masse to protest to the way things were.
Within days the government voluntarily chose to give up their monopoly of power and allowed democratic elections for the first time in 50 years! Our call and challenge is to make truth acceptable. Passion alone does not often change they way people think. They need peaceful, rational and reasoned arguments from people they trust and know love them.
May the Grace of the Lord be on us all.
Yours for the least in the Kingdom,