In chapter eight of A New Kind of Christian, McLaren challenges his audience to consider whether or not Christianity is seen as a force of good in the world. In my experience, Christians are viewed as hypocritical, uncompassionate, and pushy and yes, even materialistic. As an “emergent” I aim to redefine Christianity and, for the sake of evangelism, hope to convey the opposite of those listed above. How drastic though, are the means by which these things should be accomplished? Should we sell our fully loaded luxury vehicles for reliable, though less fancy modes of transportation that may or may not be as aesthetically pleasing or complete with all the top notch convenient amenities? Do we listen more and share less? In taking our ministry to the clubs and bars are we merely becoming bystanders of unethical and immoral behavior; when and how, if at all, do we speak up? To the first I personally am apt to say yes. To the second and third some might question whether or not this movement is too laid back. Are we accurately portraying the urgency of becoming a follower of Christ, or out of a reactionary response are we teetering on the side of passiveness? Are we compassionate, empathetic and inviting, or are we “winning by popularity”?
Would love to hear your take.
Labels: Emerging Church, Theology