The other day I came across an interesting article in Newsweek titled “Chaos Theory - new rules of management for people who hate rules.” In the lower sidebar there were 10 rules:
- Avoid workaholics – they just use up time.
- Hire the better writer – clear writing equals clear thinking.
- Forget formal education – academia leads to bad habits.
- Drug dealers are on to something – sell a product that people keep coming back for more.
- Emulate chefs – share everything.
- Retire the term “entrepreneurs” – it sounds too exclusive.
- You need less than you think – why not office out of the garage?
- Pick a fight – see who rallies to your side.
- Build an audience – draw people in.
- Be a curator – take ownership of the growth and development of your product.
As I have thought about these rules, it seems to me that Jesus introduced a type of chaos theory during his time on earth. He said things like, “The last will be first,” and, “Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest.” Modern writers have referred to this as the upside-down kingdom. With this in mind, I would like to propose ten rules of Christian Chaos Theory:
- Avoid religious-aholics - they will suck up all you time wanting to discuss their latest “concerns.”
- Let’s be clear - love God, love people - period.
- Worry less about formal education. Instead, hang out with the saints who have spent a lifetime getting to know Jesus.
- Those who come forward for the altar call are on to something. They know that their failures are not final – forgiveness and restoration is possible.
- Emulate Jesus – he tended to chose forgiveness over judgment.
- Retire the term “emergent” – it sounds too exclusive.
- Live and worship simply – you do not need all the extras.
- Stand up for the powerless. It’s what Jesus did.
- Live your faith – in words sometimes attributed to St. Francis, “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.”
- Be a lifelong disciple – take ownership of your faith walk and spiritual growth. It is not the pastor’s fault if you are not maturing
What would you add to this list?