Being sure of the truth
I have to confessing an Emerging Church sin. I listened to Mark Driscoll’s talk at Soularize and I liked it. Yep. The guy who doesn’t allow women to lead. The guy who has a strong antagonism towards anything labeled postmodern. The guy who, during the talk I was listening to, almost beat the crap out of some guy who believed in universal salvation. The guy who thinks most contemporary worship songs are homoerotic.
Why would I listen to such a guy?
It’s because he believes in something. He believes in something so strongly he doesn’t care what I think about it. I don’t share his theology and I think he has made some debatable issues black and white but that isn’t that uncommon. I just thought it was freaking refreshing to listen to someone who actually believes in what he says.
We’ve all suffered from the absurd reductionism of modernity. We were presented with world view full of black and white, good and evil, and that worldview was hollow and shallow. It didn’t seem to fit and it certainly didn’t live up to expectations.
In our reaction to this has the pendulum swung to far? We have books on the myth of certainty. How long before we see the “Myth of uncertainty”? Jesus didn’t die for something he wasn’t sure of. Paul didn’t endure all manner of suffering for something he didn’t know in his heart. If the followers of the way were so sure that they followed the truth shouldn’t we, as followers of the way, be just as sure?
I am a Christian because God revealed the Truth to me. I follow Him because I’d much rather follow something that is greater than my own selfish agenda.