Just hit the ball
Dash has an interesting post on the “bad” of the emerging church. While I don’t find much to disagree I’d like to add a point.
Fear over tackling some issues
Unwilling to critique post-modern culture
The “modern” church might be overly obsessed with numbers and dollars but the EC is way too concerned with looking smart, creative or cool. There is a big problem with this because the gospel is foolishness to the modern and post-modern mind. Despite this the gospel is to be proclaimed. If we ever re-brand Christianity so it there is no leap of faith in to the seemingly absurd we will have emptied the gospel message of its power. We can deconstruct church and theology forever and sit content because we think we are the vanguard of the church. In the end we are fooling ourselves because we’ve been tricked in to thinking we are something special because we read more books and have more creative gatherings while we still aren’t making any real difference.
We are willing to look down at the establishment when on most measures that count we really aren’t doing much better.
A friend of mine recently told me that my blog seems less post-modern than it used to be. I think that remark is true. I think I hit a point where I realized I’m never going to figure it all out. I should just go with what I know in faith. Any belief system, ideology or theology can be deconstructed in to some kind of fuzzy paralysis.
I also recognize that I should be willing to be look stupid or crazy or confused just because I believe in Jesus.
I think one of the major weaknesses in my walk is this desire to look intelligent or cutting edge. The more I’ve tried to be cutting edge the more I’ve realized that most ministry that makes a real difference isn’t flashy at all. Most Sundays I spend an hour or two hanging out with my oldest son reading through the bible together. He absolutely loves it and so do I. I’ve seen real progress. I’ve begun to wonder whether the easiest and most productive change the church could make is parent’s properly investing in their children. It is an interesting revelation to me. Making a change in this area is easy; spend time with son, open bible, read together, talk about it, pray.
I’m thinking through a golf analogy related to faith. Hitting a golf ball is simple but the mechanics of your swing are complex. One has to:
Stand an appropriate distance from the ball
Aim in the right direction
Correct for wind, hazards and hills
Tee the ball up correctly
Use the right club for the shot
Use a full length or shortened swing
Grip the club the correct way
Don’t let the club slip in your hands during the swing
Don’t let your feet slip
Bend your knees appropriately
The club must hit the ball evenly or you will slice or hook (ball veers to the side)
If your wrists move the club too fast or slow you will slice or hook
If you look up you will top the ball sending it along the grass
Don’t be too tense or too loose
One can be so worried about all these things that it has a paralyzing effect. In the end you just have to go up and hit the ball. You can only correct one thing at a time. It takes a lot of practice.
I think that is where I’m at these days. I just want to go up and hit the ball. If I worry too much about my swing I’ll just screw things up.