A few days ago I was on the verge of making a critical decision in my life so I called up a veteran blogger friend for some advice. We ended up talking about the emerging church blogs. My friend said they were boring. It is true. I think that for many of us the conversation has run its course. Perhaps in some sections it continues to thrive but I can’t keep up my interest.
Part of my disinterest stems from some of my experiences. In one particular emerging church group a former member of a church I was involved with defamed other members of the church without using their names even though lots of people would have known who he was talking about. A number of the people who knew they and their friends were being attacked confronted the person and the situation wasn’t adequately resolved at any level. It was through these kinds of experiences I realized that a little bit of structural accountability is a good thing for all involved.
I’m convinced that a great many people are disillusioned with church because they themselves were in denial about their own issues and it was easier to blame the church than change. Some others just like to feel superior and want to be on the "cutting edge" and aren’t particularly concerned that the edge isn’t cutting much of anything.
I look back at my deep investment in so many things emerging and realize that real positive change is a hard thing to come by. It is hard for one person and even harder for a group of people or an institution. It is really easy to deceive yourself in to thinking you are something when you are not. I really think we are all in the same boat. The movement that really impacts the church will the be the one that starts with brokenness and repentance.
I’ve seen the latest Pyromaniac Emergent-See Motivational Posters. While the posters have elements of truth they just highlight the deep problems we have in church that is more content to war with itself than to serve God. Looking at things in light of the parable of the talents do I really want to check in on judgement day and explain how I have no real talents to give back because I wasted them attacking the others. God knows I’ve spent too many of my own talents on fruitless conflict.