Ahhh… The delicious irony of postmodern emergents asking me for evidence to support my arguments from last week’s “Why Al Qaeda Supports The Emergent Church”… when their relativistic worldview proclaims the futility of both evidence and argument.
I hate taking up precious column space to do this, but if I must…
Of the disapproving emails, perhaps the most-representative was this one:
“Where O where does your information and experience of the Emergent Church come from? How disturbing your message is! Inciting one corner of Christ's church against another in the name of peace is not only counter productive but is hurtful to Christ's very message. Seems that the Radical Evangelical Church has had their day. A conservative government backed by conservative Christians has only produced scandal and war. How is this a better alternative, a better way? Radical Christians added to Radical Muslims is only a recipe for disaster. With faith in Christ I listen to, eat with and love my Muslim friend. I do all these things without turning from Christ. I am a Christian Denominational Protestant. I vote, preach, and live in this country. You do not speak for me or my family, or my church, or my country. Despite your charges and meanness I remain your brother in Christ.”
Do you think he’s ever preached Jesus’ “name of peace” message of John 14:6 to his Muslim friend? Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
As far as my “information and experience,” that comes from the following pro-emergent sources: Brian McLaren (homepage), Doug Pagitt (homepage), Tony Jones of emergentvillage.org, Steve Chalke (Wikipedia), and perhaps the best text in support is Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger’s Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures (Baker, 2005) (Amazon).