The Traveller’s Rest- Viva La Revolution.

Land of Lennon and McCartney.

At the invitation of Ben Mueller, a blog reader and Facebook friend, I ended up in Liverpool for a flying couple of days visit. Ben is a young German lad who has decided to sow his life into the Toxteth area of Liverpool, having recently relocated into the area in early 2013. Ben has recently found himself walking outside the walls and because of that has known a measure of isolation, but through his work and his faith his life is one sown into the fabric of the community for a new day, whatever that will look like. There was a great sense of freedom and safety in conversation as we talked about many areas, including fundamentals, as prepared for shaking and shifting. This freedom was appreciated as we shared life together, both talking the miles and walking the miles of this beautiful city of firsts and beginnings. I honour Ben for treading the miles on a daily basis, having in such a short space of time an incredible feel and knowledge of the area. He is truly an apostolic gift sown into the guts of a city, among the dirt and the rubble of both deconstruction and a desire for reconstruction. Deep truly cried out to deep during our time together.

And the Bland Played on.

One of our connecting points was our love for music, and during our time together we talked about the different waves of radical movements that have swept the Nation. This seemed apt in a city that birthed the Beatles, and probably the modern pop music era. The sounds of Lennon and McCartney were never far away as we walked the city. We noted that for a generation nearly there has not been a notable rebel movement in the musical world. Since punk and hip hop there has not been anything that has spoken for the heart of youth discontent with the status quo. Britpop came and went but was more of a look back time, there has been no new youth voice. The fact is the music world has gone very bland as the charts plays safety by numbers. This is echoed in much of society with politics also entering a bland phase. Both parties seem to be more or less leaning to the right rather than having a reactionary opposition. Even the trade unions have been ripped of all their powers. Yesterdays alternative comedians have become today’s mainstream. The comedy may be edgy as far as innuendo goes, and tackling the some minor whimsical behavioural patterns in certain people, but it is no longer tagged onto the minority channels because of being risqué. Many of them have major tours in major venues. The bland plays on in all spheres of society. Sadly that includes the established, weekly church pattern.

Revolution No.10.

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
All right, all right (Lennon/McCartney)

Revolution is again on the lips of a generation because of Russell Brand mentioning it during an interview. A revolution for the unrepresented and bored he calls it. What is needed is not just a revolution that would rearrange the furniture again but an ongoing people revolution that will continually remodel itself to flow with contours of the community and land. A revolution where the revolutionaries will keep burying themselves into community and another wave. Shape shifters who will never align or be labelled. A revolution that will bring a fresh voice to the world of music and the arts. A revolution that will change the face of politics once again. A revolution that will stir, provoke, challenge and bring unconformity. A revolution in the church world that will release a people movement released into all the spheres to revolve and revolt against mediocrity. A place where the violence that takes it by force will be a love ready to give it all away. A resignation of position and ministry to be replaced with a preferring of others. The bland needs to be stopped in it’s track, the soundtrack is boring us to death. There needs to be an injection of life and fire in our bellies again. So much has poured out of the heart of Liverpool in history, maybe it will be a first again. A gateway place full of gateway people. I was stirred during my visit there. Will we all be stirred for kicking colour into the grey? It is time to cry out along with Russell Brand, viva la revolution.

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2 thoughts on “The Traveller’s Rest- Viva La Revolution.

  1. John Matthews

    Paul, Good to hear you are out and about and mixing with the radicals.

    Interestingly, I had a recent experience with an old work mate whom I hadn’t seen for at least 15 years. He was a young, radical, non-conforming, anti-Jesus, humanist back then (but fun to be with anyway). He’s now just cracked 40 and surprised me by saying his generation is bored and stuck in a rut. He now considers that Jesus may be the revolutionary he has been looking for his whole life. Of course, no chance he’ll ever go inside the walls but he was pleased to hear from someone whom he considered “connected with God” that it doesn’t matter.

    Maybe revolution is not far off…

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  2. pleader05 Post author

    Hi John, that is an amazing account with your friend. One that is getting more and more regular. Whereas we would have judged these people as being outside at one time, now their is no distinguishing borders all of a son the Great Embrace is everywhere. The discontent of today are and will become the revolutionaries of tomorrow, and even the here are now.

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