This is not fully thought out. I am thinking this through as I write. I feel that “Walking With” is a phrase that may serve as a unifying theme for a Missions Theology.
The expression “Walking With” has a number of implications:
1. Relationship. “Walking With” implies some form of mutual relationship. A stalker may share a common path with the stalkee, same as two strangers may coincidentally and temporarily share a common path. Neither would be said to be walking with. Walking with implies some form of relationship. It may be a leader walking with a follower. It may be two companions.
2. Agreement. As Amos 3:3 notes… two cannot walk together unless they agree. The relationship is by mutual agreement.
3. Movement/Process: Walking implies not so much a state of being, as much as a process. Life and faith and mission are not so much a place or destination… but a path that they share and develop with.
4. Direction: Walking has direction… a path that one goes on. It could be a trail newly blazed, it may be a well-worn path… but it goes somewhere.
5. Commonality of Place and Time. Walking with means that two or more share a place and time on the path. As such, the path has more than direction, but a NOW, as well as a PAST, and a FUTURE.
“Walking With” as a theological concept may be applied in several ways:
- God walking with Man as His creation
- Christ walking with us as His disciples
- Us walking within the community as part of the church family
- Us walking within the cultural context as joining in God’s mission to the world
While I am focusing on the last point… the others need to be developed as well or else Missions Theology would simply be a ghettoized system unconnected with a broader understanding of God, the Universe, and Everything. I hope to look at these four areas (at least) in the next posts.
- My Metaphors of the Moment (munsonmissions.org)
- We Are All Theologians? (iheartbarth.wordpress.com)
- Why Didn’t the Church Just Stick with the Bible? (Pt. 1)- The Importance of Doing Theology (cwoznicki.wordpress.com)