According to the urban dictionary as well as Merriam-Webster, “wokeness” is a measurable state of awareness about what is happening in the world.” It has become popular in the context of racial tension and social injustice in reference to someone who thinks for themselves and sees what is truly going on around them. At Thriving’s Frequency Conference (which Streamside sponsors), the church was challenged to be truly “Woke” by letting Christ shine on us and the world around us allowing us to see things as they really are. Ephesians 5:13-14
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
A Christian who is “Woke” 1) sees the Bible as the ultimate authority, 2) understands that the Bible is to be practically applied to our daily lives and 3) is concerned about both personal holiness and social justice.The resulting alertness from these priorities allows us to assess current events and personal circumstances in the light of God’s truth. As a church, we should be offering answers to society’s problems through the Gospel.
During Streamside Night at the Frequency Conference, pastor Bryan Loritts showed us how Peter, while in relationship with Simon the Tanner (a culturally taboo occupation), and after receiving God’s Word through a dream, was awoken to the inadequacy of the rule that prevented him from associating with Gentiles, because “God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.” Acts 10:28
The audio and video from Streamside Night at the Frequency Conference including Bryan Loritts’ teaching and Sho Baraka’s ministry in rap is available at https://gumroad.com/thriveinthecity#