I’m not worried.
I think I’m too deeply entrenched in doing things the way I’ve done them to remake my thought process and become someone I am not. But I’m not threatened by post-moderns or emergent Christians or whatever other buzz word is in use today.
If the post-mods I’ve been in contact with are any indication of what is happening in the COtN I think everything will turn out okay.
For one thing, I don’t think they are trying to do anything I can’t live with. For another, I don’t think they are trying to do as much as they think they are. For them its all very revolutionary but, hey, I grew up in the 1960’s. I don’t think they are going to do anything more revolutionary than my generation did.
For instance, my generation wrestled a 150 year old worship format away from “those in control” and got everyone to singing worship choruses and clapping their hands. We thought we were going to save Christianity by doing it.
In the end, we didn’t save or improve Christianity at all and what we thought was new and different will only be a blip on the history of the Church.
Now we are told that the 20-year olds are going to take the Church into new territory. My instincts say, “been there done that.”
But know what? I hope they do. I’d rather see something happen within Christianity that makes the Church truly relevant to our society than see things stay the same as they are. I’d rather see Christians get a grasp on holy living than just give lip service to something that they have doubts about.
For instance, I believe in a second definite work of grace in which the Lord purifies the heart by faith. If they have to mess with that clear statement to arrive at the same experience okay, mess with it. God isn’t bound by our language or our expectations anyway. At the end of the day, the Lord will respond to their full surrender by doing what he has done for people making that same surrender through the history of Christianity. He doesn’t tailer his work in people’s hearts based on their expectations or lack thereof anyway.
So, fire away PM’s and EC’s or whatever you are going by. Don’t blame me if I don’t jump on your bandwagon. I don’t think this fish will learn to fly at this stage. Tell you what, though, I’m not going to fight you and say you can’t be saved or can’t be a member of the same church as me. And, even if I won’t be one of you, I really do hope you are used of God to reach a lost world.
If the sea change is a big as you say it is, one of these days you’re going to be considered much more of a fuddy-duddy than I am now.