I’ve been asked this question today on my doorstep by two Jehovah Witnesses. It was their tag into hinting at the second coming of Jesus and the end of the world: their point being that God is about to intervene in the world, as humanity has reached such a low point. I said, “I think that God intervenes all the time” (though I’m not certain of this and my Christian beliefs at the moment).
The idea of a big final intervention because things have got so bad might seem hopeful if you don’t think there’s anything important about life in this world – if you think that what comes at the end, or even after the end, is more important. But it strikes me as very top-down and dis-empowering, and focussed on the product not the process.
How much more empowering, bottom-up, and process focussed, is regular intervention; while continual involvement (which is perhaps what I really meant) would be the ideal. Even if it’s by someone with more power than the community, just by them being involved all the time lends so much – in terms of valuing the people and the process.