About ideology, demagoguery, and contemplation

This recent video from John Crowder is not really about Trump, American politics, immigration, antichrists, or whatever we think we should be for or against. It’s about something far more important, and it pretty much sums up my own thoughts. Regardless of what you think of Crowder, what he has to say here is important.

The message is more about being FOR people rather than picking sides and defending our ideologies, or worse, resorting to vitriolic demagoguery. We need to stop eating from the wrong tree. 

I especially liked what he says about 17 minutes in…that there’s a move to unplug from the artificial polarizing social media world to join the human race in a real return to authentic face-to-face community. It’s about becoming more contemplative than reactionary, living from a place of peace that comes from practicing God’s presence. Not leaving reality, but finally fully embracing reality. Not throwing away our phones, but simplifying our lives and actually touching people with love. It’s about seeking to understand even those we most vehemently disagree with. To all that, I say, amen!

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 37 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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3 Responses to About ideology, demagoguery, and contemplation

  1. Cindy Powell says:

    Oh my gosh, I listened to this last week and almost posted it myself. He says just about everything I’ve wanted to say–only better than I would have said it! And I whole-heartedly agree with his word about unplugging. Oh Jesus, please, lead us to the place where our hope and peace and love is restored! It is so unfortunate that due to some of his more “audacious tendencies” that many people never take the time to listen to what he actually has to say. He really has such a brilliant mind and tender heart–a great combination!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, he is definitely gifted in articulating an important point, while able to say what it isn’t. We don’t have to choose sides in order to discuss these things. This is where leading a more contemplative lifestyle helps us not get so caught up in the polarizing rhetoric.

      I agree with you on listening to what Crowder has to say. Some of his stuff so good, his books are very good. But he is rather audacious, mostly in the spirit of having fun and not taking ourselves so seriously. It can be a bit over the top at times. But, as you said, what he actually has to say is good. We need to be able to listen to people like him without being put off by style, or without even having to agree with everything he says.

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