The good news is that all are loved, all are worthy, all are accepted. There is a place at the table for all of us. Christ is not motivated by punishment, he is motivated by love. Richard Rohr tells us that: ‘Our proclamation of the lordship of Jesus Christ is at stake in our solidarity with the most vulnerable. If our gospel is not “good news to the poor,” it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ’ (Luke 4:18).
When we feel uncomfortable or out of our depth, we take sides. Us and Them. This is a natural human response to nearly every situation. In the school ground, in the community and across the globe. What we don’t understand we mistrust, we push back or cut off. A democratic society is built upon the premise that everyone is equal. It only works if we can all live together. If we cannot live together we need to be able to at least live side by side. When we become fearful we chose the safety of our own segregated groups. We must remember that we are global citizens. We must elevate community over economic freedom.
However we look at it, the emerging church is a melting pot of many different ideas and themes. It also represents a different style of operation than we have traditionally worked with, and in the process raises some big questions for the church at large, both traditional and emerging.