Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I Just Don't Get It ...

... Why is it that I read left-wing blogs? I read a lot of blogs. Some are for fun. Others are personal journals. Most are about politics and/or religion. I tried out the left-wing political blogs. I couldn't stand them. They're geared mostly to Bush hating and are mostly incomprehensible and intellectually bankrupt. But the left leaning Christian blogs fascinate me. I don't really understand what makes them tick. One thing they do: they write prolifically. It gives you some insight into who they are.

Part of why I'm interested in left-leaning Christian blogs has to do with the so-called Emergent Church. It seems that the Emergent Church has learned to engage a culture steeped in post modernism. What concerns me, though, is that rather than engaging post modernism, they may have indeed embraced it. That seems 180 degrees out of phase with scriptural Christianity.

The following is a creed of sorts by Brian McLaren. He is the Emergent Church's rock star in residency:


The Jesus Creed



By Brian McLaren

We have confidence in Jesus
Who healed the sick, the blind, and the paralyzed.
And even raised the dead.

He cast out evil powers and
Confronted corrupt leaders.
He cleansed the temple.
He favored the poor.
He turned water into wine,
Walked on water, calmed storms.

He died for the sins of the world,
Rose from the dead, and ascended to the Father,
Sent the Holy Spirit.

We have confidence in Jesus
Who taught in word and example,
Sign and wonder.
He preached parables of the kingdom of God
On hillsides, from boats, in the temple, in homes,
At banquets and parties, along the road, on beaches, in towns,
By day and by night.

He taught the way of love for God and neighbor,
For stranger and enemy, for outcast and alien.

We have confidence in Jesus,
Who called disciples, led them,
Gave them new names and new purpose
And sent them out to preach good news.
He washed their feet as a servant.
He walked with them, ate with them,
Called them friends,
Rebuked them, encouraged them,
Promised to leave and then return,
And promised to be with them always.

He taught them to pray.
He rose early to pray, stole away to desolate places,
Fasted and faced agonizing temptations,
Wept in a garden,
And prayed, “Not my will but your will be done.”
He rejoiced, he sang, he feasted, he wept.

We have confidence in Jesus,
So we follow him, learn his ways,
Seek to obey his teaching and live by his example.
We walk with him, walk in him, abide in him,
As a branch in a vine.

We have not seen him, but we love him.
His words are to us words of life eternal,
And to know him is to know the true and living God.
We do not see him now, but we have confidence in Jesus.

via Emmaus Theory.

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