“Get away from earth with your godless emergent church, McLaren, perhaps to hell? Could you do it a little bit faster?!! It would help the rightious christians around the world, believing in the blood of Jesus Christ and not in Mystic from east and vatican, the door to hell..”
I’ve always hesitated to describe myself and even bristled a bit when labeled by others as “emergent” or “post-modern”, but I can’t help but admit that I’m a fan of Brian McLaren. He posted this quote from an email he received and his incredibly graceful response to such on his blog here.
McLaren’s response is admirable and right and again illustrates why I think he’s closer to the truth than many today who would claim Christ.
However, I guess I’m just not that good of a Christian. Idiots like this make me question the whole thing. Do I really want to be counted on the same side as this a-hole? Does the simple ongoing act of my own church involvement somehow contribute or validate the stupidity and lunacy of somebody like this? Is it wrong that the possibility of this potential contribution bothers me way more than whether or not my personal theology is “correct”?
In the first book I ever read by McLaren, he said that some people use Jesus as shortcut to being right. (paraphrase) I would add that many simple-minded people think that claiming Jesus somehow makes them smart. Interesting that I don’t recall any stories in the gospels of Jesus healing anybody from being stupid.
Thank God that his grace, mercy and justice are infinitely beyond our very best thoughts or ideas of him.