Saturday, July 06, 2002

i worry sometimes....

...that those of us who consider ourselves to be part of the emerging church are more into emerging than church.
...that we are more enamored of the cutting edge than Jesus.
...that we actually think that progressiveness is the definitive criterion for spiritual integrity.

Some time ago I wrote:

There are those who could not begin to explain postmodernism, those who are thoroughly enmeshed in modernity, those who believe that theology reached its highest expression in Geneva in the 16th century who cause God every day to throw His head back and shout with joy at their love and obedience. Our subtle understandings of the currents of social and philosophical thought and its application to theological reflection do not impress Him. He’s impressed when we love Him with everything that is within us and our neighbors as ourselves. And our interests in all things modern and postmodern must be driven by our passionate love for the One who woos us. ...In the midst of such exciting discovery, we must never let our enjoyment of exploration and new insight to eclipse the love and gratitude that we have for our Divine Lover, for the One who gave everything to adopt us as His sons, for the God Who created all things, for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is so easy for us to become focused on the new insight rather than on the One Who has given insight.....Let us ever be lost in the magnificence of His beauty and unimpressed with our own intelligence and insight.

from The Scylla and Charybdis of Postmodernity, part 4.

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