Posted: July 6th, 2010 | Author: Peter | Filed under: Emergent, God, Jesus, church, community, deconstruction, emergence, emerging, emerging church, fear, heresy, holy spirit, introspection, postmodern, truth | 4 Comments »
I’ve had this link saved for the last two months and keep forgetting to give blogger Drew Tatusko a shoutout!
In his post, Drew lays out the need for emerging Christian communities and churches to adopt an Alcoholics Anonymous-esque ethos for approaching God and spirituality:
- We can only understand God when we admit our powerlessness to become like God.
- We will never fully know God.
- No religion can ever therefore claim to have sole authority of the Truth of God’s revelation.
- Religions that make these exclusive claims to Truth demand conformity.
- Religions that demand conformity tend to abuse non-conformists who do not assimilate.
- In history God is continually revealed among the religious non-conformists.
- We live in a world of religions where conformity is valued more than non-conformity.
- This situation has resulted in countless cases of spiritual and religious abuse, about which many we never hear.
- Abuse and conformity also by necessity squeeze out the revelation of God in favor of the human desire for social control.
- Yet God desires those who do not conform in order to reveal who God is.
- Even as Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama, Moses, and others underwent persecution because their society challenged them, so those who do not conform to religious norms live today.
- Those who refuse to be assimilated into a religious structure lack a space to experience God’s revelation in their midst and in community.
- This space is thus sorely needed and is what The Thirteenth Step is designed to be.
Click here to read the full post!
If only we were so (a) spiritually honest, and (b) theologically humble.
Really great stuff Drew, keep up the great work.