Since I’ve been home from Africa, I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of culture shock. Shock of the selfishness of this culture we live in here in America. Shocked by the ungratefulness that I’ve perpetuated inadvertently and accidentally, and the part I’ve played in even raising the next generation relatively unawares of how good they’ve got it. And then, last week, a firestorm of “evangelical” vs “progressive” thinking all within the CHURCH.
It was enough to make your head spin, even if you didn’t just get back from picking jiggers out of little kids’ feet in rural Africa.
And I have to tell you…while I’m not much of a social commentator, mostly because I don’t feel qualified enough to stand on a soapbox and preach it from any side, the whole firestorm has honestly just left me frustrated with EVERYONE!
Progressives hating on evangelicals….evangelicals hating on progressives…the church eating itself alive and everyone is involved.
It’s just sooo off base… ALL OF IT!
I don’t pretend to know much. I’m not even sure what I think half of the time about all the social stuff out there that appears to be one side or the other. I DONT KNOW!
But I do know this…and I do profess this.
If I’m a follower of Jesus, then that makes me “evangelical.” If I want to see the justice of a loving God span the globe, then it’d stand to reason that would make me “progressive.” But in light of all the extra definitions & stereotyping that seem to reshape the meaning of both of these words in the present, I think I’d rather not be labeled either.
How bout I just follow Jesus and not pretend that I know much more than that?…
Truth is…I’m just gonna love well the person in front of me…and if that doesn’t make me opinionated enough, then to hell with having opinions.