EmergentNo goes way too far
Here is a quote from the latest article EmergentNo linked to about Brian McLaren.
“Interestingly, this ecclesiastical milksop who won’t even take a stand one way or the other regarding sodomite matrimony characterizes the American nuclear family as a “waste” of resources and unworthy of the attention it receives in popular Evangelical thought. McLaren hopes extended families and “intentional households” (think glorified communes) will be the wave of the future.
One wonders if Pastor McLaren’s will be as keen on the share and share alike and the what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine outlook when the additional men he invites to reside at his compound have intentions for his wife? Or as most experiments in communalized domesticity end up, will Rev. McLaren be the only one permitted to relish the benefits of the community property if you catch my drift? Jonestown or Waco, anyone?”
1) Can we give each other the benefit of the doubt that
a) both sides are doing their best to understand one another
b) both sides have legitimate concerns that should be discussed instead of mocked?
2) Can we refrain from taking criticisms of ideas personally and emotionally overreacting?
3) Can we attack ideas without attacking the people who hold them?
4) Can we be specific and clear about what our concerns are, either in criticisms or against criticisms? (Without assuming too much and over generalizing.)
5) Can we remember that in the end what matters most is not how we feel about something but that God is glorified in our thoughts, comments, and deeds?
Update: The post has been taken down