"Bring More People" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
I read this post last night: Churches warned: 'Tidal wave of gay theology' looming
all the way through it. But there was a great amount of sadness
as well. The level of fear
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
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.
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