I read this post last night: Churches warned: ‘Tidal wave of gay theology’ looming.
I laughed all the way through it. But there was a great amount of sadness as well. The level of fear, hatred and even violence is alarming. The conspiracy theories abound! Do not read the comments unless you can stomach stupid, vicious vitriol and even death wishes for gays.
This, from Christians.
The cartoon is inspired by the many valid concerns for the future of the church. It is losing members in heaps. The cure is right under its own nose!
The bible provides several illustrations of how the people of God protected itself against change. Let’s examine a few examples:
- The gospel stories are replete with examples of how Jesus challenged the theology of his day to include more people than it was willing to. That was his death knell.
- Just before Stephen was stoned he spoke about the decentralization of God’s presence and people. That was his death knell.
- The story of Paul is an example of how he challenged the theology of his day to include more people than it was willing to. That was his death knell.
Read the poignant words Vicky Beeching shares that express the pain of those who are excluded from the family they love and belong to:
I found this graphic pretty telling by The Barna Group, Are Christians More Like Jesus or the Pharisees?
The decentralization and the deconstruction of an exclusive Christianity is on the horizon. Some see this as a bad thing. Others see this as a good thing for the entire human race.