Sunday, May 02, 2010
This for me is a great moment of great opportunity, a great opportunity for a new kind of faith."
~ Brian McLaren speaking at a Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis. Listen here.
A topic Brian talked about in this audio, which resonated with me, is the issue of identity. So often in Christianity, people partaking in other religions is seen as a threat to Christian identity. They are "other" who must be assimilated or marginalized. This attitude has caused many people of conscience to leave the Christian faith or radically reduce their own identity. Brian suggests a third way (similar to Samir Selmanovic in It's Really All About God) in which Christians can be secure in their traditions yet not see others as a threat or target for conversion.
I know the typical response is "But that is our calling - convert people." I used to believe this too, but over time it became apparent to me that maintaining this viewpoint made it completely impossible to truly love those around me - and loving those around me is my higher calling. I think sometimes we have to pray like Meister Eckert, "God, save me from God."
Posted by Andrew at 9:49 AM