Sandra's second talk from the LaFe10 General Session created quite a stir.
Expositing Luke 4, Sandra challenged the students to wrestle with the fact that Jesus' ministry was about both proclamation and release.
Quoting Isaiah, Jesus claims to be both a prophet (someone who spoke for God) and the Messiah (someone who would bring God's kingdom into existence). In this way, his ministry included both proclamation (work of a prophet) and release (work of a Redeemer).
We, likewise, need to be about both proclamation and release as we follow Jesus and join him in the "something he's doing about this mess."
But this isn't what created a stir.
No, the stir was created by Sandra's endorsement of downward mobility: moving into an impoverished neighborhood, opening up your home, sharing the gospel and working for justice. Some of our students have worked hard to get away from their impoverished neighborhoods and to have worked hard to gain the simple comfort of having a space that you don't have to share with others.
To them, Sandra's call was a redirection, a challenge.
But here's the crazy thing: Sandra didn't tell them to move into an impoverished neighborhood. Although, in other contexts, she might encourage them to consider radical acts of discipleship like this, she didn't last night.
She just told her story.
And they were convicted. And some responded.
I wonder if that isn't an image of this proclamation and release that Sandra had been talking about. Sure, we wouldn't normally use the word "proclamation" to describe standing on stage and sharing how and why you made some pretty radical decisions. And students responding with commitments to embrace God's heart, wherever it leads, wouldn't usually qualify as "release."
But I wonder...