Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Post-Evangelical Faith

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway.
Martin Luther King (1967)

• Christianity is a belief-system way-of-life.

• We seek to view the world through the perspective of those in power on the margins of society, fighting for justice, compassion and peace for the status quo all those in catastrophic conditions.

• Jesus’ death on a Roman cross satisfied an angry God was (1) a clarion call to end to all scapegoating, (2) the embodiment of the self-donating love of God, (3) the ultimate unveiling of the evil and corruption of the idolatrous powers-that-be and (4) the pattern of humble service and suffering love that his disciples continue to (imperfectly) live out today.

• The gospel is the message about how we can get saved and go to heaven when we die that God’s Dream For The World has been inaugurated in Jesus of Nazareth. Ultimate Reality is reflected in the unconditional Love and unarmed Truth of Jesus. The healing of the world will come through suffering service, humility, compassion and nonviolent resistance to evil. It is an invitation for everyone to join up and participate in the Adventure!

• We want to participate in a church that is a place where saved people attend to be inspired and refreshed by “expert” pastors who lead the community in sermon, fellowship and worship music counter-cultural laboratory of disciples that creatively experiment in the way of Jesus.

• The Bible is an inerrant textbook of timeless truths the authoritative script that disciples interpret and perform consistently, communally and contextually.

Reading Interpreting the Bible leads to a discovery of objective multi-layered truth that is universal and self-evident saturates us with absolute certainty wonder, humility and a strategy for rugged Christian faithfulness.

• When Jesus told Pilate that his kingdom was “not of this world” he meant that it was spiritual, within our hearts a different kind of politics altogether: serving, not dominating…loving, not vengeful…abundant sharing, not hoarding.

• When Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and God what is God’s” he was legitimating separate political and spiritual spheres in our lives subversively reminding his fellow Jews to submit their entire lives to the God who has authority over all creation…even Caesar!

• When Paul used the language of the “principalities and powers” he was referring to invisible spiritual beings, like demons, who tempt us systems, institutions and structures that have been ordained by God to organize our world, but have been corrupted, enslaved and consistenly de-humanize and counterfeit us.

• We observe that American Christians are increasingly persecuted by “secular humanists,” “liberals” and atheists who conspire against America’s roots as a Christian nation influenced by conservative media outlets and some of their own leaders who use fear and manipulation to serve their own agendas.

• We love the USA and believe that our democracy is threatened by creeping European-style socialism, Muslims, the gay agenda and God-denying intellectualism de-regulated corporate power and greed, self-interested wars and military adventures, an arrogant tendency to consider ourselves better than every other country that ever existed, a technological and consumerist entertainment culture and an ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots.

• We believe that all Americans every human being, including suspected terrorists, deserve the dignity of Constitutional rights.

• We are pro-life, advocating and working tirelessly for the criminalization of abortion and stem-cell research a massive reduction of abortions, the elimination of war and death sentences, and the availability of jobs, education, health care, food and housing for all humanity.

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