There is much to be said about the pros and cons of being involved with social media. Often, it seems people who are angry will express their “outrage” over one thing or another using these online platforms. Never before have we had such a need for direction, context and an emotional framework for people living in today’s culture. In this interview, we have a candid conversation with our very own Justin Allen. Justin gives practical tips for how to be peacemakers and maintain a humble yet powerful internal posture in today’s time without begin inundated by it.
GA: Justin, thanks for taking the time to answer some folks’ concerns. We often get questions in our conferences and online about various cultural issues which often can seem like grey areas. How do you discern the truth about a given issue?
JA: I almost exclusively defer to the Bible if it has anything specific to say regarding the matter. I then follow up with a simple prayer, asking the Holy Spirit’s thoughts concerning the subject. This combined with a strong prophetic gift of discernment usually works quite effectively. Note the process… Word first. Prayer second. Gifting last.
GA: It seems like outrage is the cultural norm right now. Everyone is angry about something, and we often see Christians and non-Christians alike staking themselves out over one issue or another. The question is, though, in light of Jesus’ words in the Sermon On The Mount, “How can I be a peacemaker in a culture that loves outrage?”
JA: By being led by the Spirit and not driven by everything else. Identify your triggers, stop feeding them, and replace the lies with truth. Peace must be priority. It simply won’t happen accidentally. Feeding on the Word of God regularly and intentionally will literally alter the way you perceive every situation.
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Romans 8:13-14).
GA: Many of our readers will be asking at this point, “But what about the truly important, life-or-death issues? How should I relate to Christians who disagree with me over deeply important issues?”
JA: My goal is never to relate to people. My goal is to genuinely love them. Modern culture propagates a massive lie that love and agreement are the same thing. It has added to the lie that empowerment of diverse ideologies is the manifestation of that love. It simply isn’t true. In life, you will find people with no common ground. Thankfully that is not a prerequisite to the love of Christ. Disagreement can actually be a catalyst to some of the strongest relationships in life if we remain humble enough to recognize there is more than one way to view the world around you.
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
GA: You have a great presence on social media. I’m curious how you approach it. Do you see it as a ministry tool, as a way to stay in touch with your friends and supporters, as an evangelistic tool, as a place for personal expression, or something else entirely?
JA: For me social media is simply an extension of my life and resources to those around me. I try not to take it too seriously, while at the same time remaining cognizant of the impact my life has on those who might follow my life and ministry.
Two worst mistakes in social media (in my opinion):
1. Everything is the end of the world.
2. Nothing is serious.
It would be foolish and poor stewardship of the resources at my disposal to not utilize these outlets for the Gospel. That being said, it should be a place of creativity, vulnerability, humor, and fun!
GA: What do you see as some of the biggest needs which pastors and leaders are currently facing, and what do you think is God’s heart for them?
JA: Friends, mentors, and a safe place to purge the wide variety of trauma they are exposed to on a regular basis via inner healing. Most believers are simply unaware of the level of traumatic information that pastoral leadership is exposed to on a consistent basis (death, infidelity, abuse, betrayal, etc.). That coupled with warfare is enough to bring the strongest leader to their knees in exhaustion. Consistent, holistic (spirit, soul and body) approaches to the health of leadership will lend itself to healthier churches and ministries. God’s heart is that they too are extended the option to be part of a family or community that will love them through their process to the full stature of Christ.
GA: Amidst all the dramatic miracles we see, we also have groups of people in the Global Awakening community who are NOT seeing breakthrough. What would you say to someone who has been pressing into God for years without seeing healing (be it for healing, financial breakthrough, emotional growth, familial reconciliation, etc)?
JA: If you don’t quit, you win! The Bible speaks extensively of persistence, longsuffering and stewardship of the heart through the dark night of the soul. You are not alone, and this is not the end. Allow your faith to alter your feelings regardless of your circumstance. After all, we don’t serve Him for what He does; we serve Him because He’s worthy.
GA: Along with our Vice President, Tom Jones, you are leading a trip to Colombia in South America this coming February. If you think back to when you first went on a Global Awakening trip, before you were on staff, what was your experience like? What did God do in (or through) you?
JA: It was wild! My first trip was Youth Power Invasion in 2014. We went to Honduras. It literally altered the trajectory of my life. In short order, I radically encountered the power of God in such a way that I received significant inner healing. I was incapacitated by the glory of God and shook, laughed, wept, screamed, and sweated under the fire of God for nearly three hours. At the close of that three-hour encounter, I was unable to walk under my own strength and had to be carried out by teenagers. In the following week I saw miracles happen in front of my eyes. Blind eyes opened, deaf ears as well, tumors dissolving as we prayed for the sick. This was only the beginning of what would launch me into a fuller picture of my destiny. Expect glory!
GA: I’m curious to know what message(s) you’re working on right now. Any new sermons coming down the pike?
JA: I generally work on new messages in worship before I preach (prophets have an unfair advantage that way) Yes, the church is in a new era and largely unaware of this reality. God is speaking about apostolic builders, structural reform, longevity, and healthy legacy.
GA: As you look forward to 2020, what gets you excited? Where are you sensing faith?
JA: I believe this coming year marks a significant departure from fruitless systems within Christianity unto fruitful kingdom models that defy all logic and cultural norms. I’m excited about a widespread merger of The Seven Mountains unto a greater understanding of the reality that the earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness! Awakening is upon us!
P.S. If you’ve been blessed by this conversation with Justin, check out the trip he and Tom Jones are leading to Colombia in February! This trip will be a great opportunity to both give and receive. You’re sure to experience amazing miracles as God shows Himself strong. Click to learn more about the trip >>
We hope to see you there!