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‘Incarnational mission’ is a myth. Over the past few weeks I been exploring the connection of kenosis and incarnation, and begun to think that the language of incarnational mission has taken us down wrong track. The word “mission” is an anathema to the word “incarnational” and the twining of the two has precipitated a false understanding and often maintained a practice rooted in power, masked as doing good, humility, and service.
Years ago myself and many others shifted our language away from evangelism, towards mission, then towards missional, then towards emerging, all the time complicit in a power play, that we failed to recognise we were caught up within. Each shift of language was an attempt to move beyond the confines we discovered, and the boundaries we placed around us. Often helpful and well meaning, but rooted in a bankrupt paradigm.
Mission the act of being sent seems counter intuitive to the incarnation. Being sent to another so often comes with a sense of the need of the other. The incarnation was not about choice, it was beyond being sent, is was a vulnerable move of self emptying, an embedding of the word that was already present in the beginning.
How we connect to the word, that was and is present in the community, is key breaking the power binds we are caught up within. Our incarnation must stem from our recognition of the interconnectedness of all humanity, thinking we are sent to empty ourselves in service to others is vanity. Instead we must…..