EMERGING VALUES ~ CONTEXTUAL LIVING
Contextual living implies that our lives must be lived within the context of the culture and society in which we are engaged, live, move and experience life and its varied challenges. The emphasis here is on defining the kind or quality of living, our lived out context as people.
As the emerging church, this means that we cannot detach ourselves from the neighborhoods in which we live, and the cities in which we work. Who I am impacts what I do, where I live and where I work, as well as how I do these things. This is the walking out of the real stuff of life. How I interact with those in need on my street, and how I advocate for those who are suffering economically or in areas of social injustice reveals who I really am.
We are not meant to live in a Christian ghetto, apart from the lives of our neighbors, in quietness and isolation. We are to walk where Jesus would walk, and in His steps, with the same heart and attitude, to extend love, life, justice, mercy and hope with whomever we meet.