For those of you who know me – this is one of my favorite topics and this is for the GMM guys who know me really well. One of the books that had a big impact on my spiritual walk was “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin McManus. I was at one of those seasons of life that I thought I would retire from Christian ministries – I has done my part and it was time for the young ones to carry on. This book changed my direction and I find out that retirement from my Christian ministries was not an option.
But my favorite of all is the group designation for Rhinos. You see, rhinos can run thirty miles an hour, which is pretty fast when you consider how much weight they’re pulling. They’re actually faster than squirrels, which can run up to twenty-six miles an hour. And even then who’s going to live in dread of a charging squirrel! (Sorry—that was a bit off the point.) Running at thirty miles an hour is faster than a used Pinto will go. Just one problem with this phenomenon. Rhinos can see only thirty feet in front of them. Can you imagine something that large moving in concert as a group, plowing ahead at thirty miles an hour with no idea what’s at thirty-one feet? You would think that they would be far too timid to pick up full steam, that their inability to see far enough ahead would paralyze them to immobility. But with that horn pointing the way, rhinos run forward full steam ahead without apprehension, which leads us to their name.
Rhinos moving together at full speed are known as a crash. Even when they’re just hanging around enjoying the watershed, they’re called a crash because of their potential. You’ve got to love that. I think that’s what we’re supposed to be. That’s what happens when we become barbarians and shake free of domestication and civility. The church becomes a crash. We become an unstoppable force. We don’t have to pretend we know the future. Who cares that we can see only thirty feet ahead? Whatever’s at thirty-one feet needs to care that we’re coming and better get out of the way.
We need to move together as God’s people, a barbarian tribe, and become the human version of the rhino crash. The future is uncertain, but we need to move toward it with confidence. There’s a future to be created, a humanity to be liberated. We need to stop wasting our time and stop being afraid of what we cannot see and do not know.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.
I attended a couple of Christian meetings this week and whether it be with a group of pastors or a group lay people the Rhino message keeps coming to the forefront for me. I am excited to see Christians engaging in what is around them and making a difference in what they see.
One of the pastors this morning said that he will be praying about Unity for our Nation tomorrow at the “Day of Prayer” event but his concern was how to pray for a nation that is so divided. Prayer is our major tool for engaging with the enemy that is out there at about 31 feet and they must beware of what is coming when Christians are united. This is going to be a powerful event to see a united front in Prayer. I do have to tell you that this pastor qualifies as a Rhino, he will be bringing a message of Unity – Hope – Engaging – and Confidence. AMEN
So are you part of “A Crash of Rhinos”?
Are you going full steam ahead with no worries?
Are you moving toward the future with confidence?
We are an unstoppable force when we Unite!
PS: I would still like to have a GMM Conference with the theme of “A Crash of Rhinos”. So if you think that would make a great theme also – please email the GMM Board at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You….