What if Emergent Christianity is creating a paradox for people? What if those who see black recognize that white is the only thing that will work?
Brian McLaren recently posted the following quote from a conversation he had with someone he recently met. And I can’t help but recognize the tension so many have with Emergence.
“Ah, McLaren. I don’t like your work and I disagree with you on almost every point. But I hope you succeed …”
They know they don’t agree with it but they can recognize that it has value. That is a paradox if I ever heard one. The man went on to end the sentence with:
“because my sons are far from God and far from the church. They can’t stand the kind of Christianity I represent, but they really like you. If they have a future in the church, it will be through people like you.”
Think about what this man is saying. Whether we like it or not, something is working within Emergent Christianity that is speaking to a generation who are not being reached by their forefathers. And some are recognizing this is quite possibly the only way a generation will be reached.
The underlying ethos of Emergence Christianity that is working, to me at least, is a return to an unmitigated grace. It’s this amazing space that allows people to arrive just as they are to the conversation of faith and know they don’t have to have it all together. Some would say it’s a belong to believe, where the man’s circles would say believe to belong. To me, that latter is more powerful because it’s based in trust. It’s released control. And at that moment, when we get out of the way, we allow the Holy Spirit to do wonders we could never have imagined. We allow creativity to manifest in the chaos.
Interested in your thoughts.