I’ve talked the past few weeks about reaching
- Postmodern students: with trust
- Modern students: with logic
- Modern students with a postmodern veneer: with trust and logic
Now this week, the postmodern student with a modern veneer.
This is the student who’s firm on the outside, soft inside. Like an egg.
First, connect with that firm, logical exterior by appealing to reason. I say something like this:
“I’m a fellow truth seeker. I want to know the truth just like you do. Let’s talk together and learn from each other.”
Secondly, when you discover the squishy postmodern stuff underneath, you have two choices:
a. Back off on the logic and work to establish trust through shared experiences. OR
b. Address the philosophical quicksand on which the postmodern view rests.
It depends on the person. I’d suggest going with “a” above — shared experiences.
If you get philosophical too quickly, s/he will just say, “Whatever. That’s your deal, not mine.”
Thirdly, Start moving in two directions. The first direction is into that person’s community, where you incarnate yourself in the manner of Jesus.
The other direction is that you invite the person into your community.
But here’s the thing: What you invite them to needs to be a hospitable environment for a postmodern person.
To my thinking, when the kingdom of God is functioning fully, it is HH:
Unfortunately, often it is CC:
Friends, let’s open our communities to the stranger and alien among us — in this case the postmodern person who appears modern on the outside.