From time to time, I like to take a look at what is going on in the emerging church. Speaking on it from an historical perspective, Jonathon Stegall suggests:
“They [emerging leaders] moved from ecclesiology and missiology into other areas of theology – realizing that one’s view of church comes from one’s view of other things.”
I think this one statement shows how much sociology and religion have intermingled in the past 50 years. Contextual theology has become the centerpiece of this emerging church. It is these ideas that have also driven conservatives away from the emerging church. Conservatives are simply not okay with the idea that theology changes based on the circumstances of any one generation.
As an historian myself, this is the difficult case of any type of theology. Theologies so often seem endlessly tied up in a time period. Are we following God or simply following the endearing qualities of our time? Are we following Jesus or simply a nice message that has been white-washed to sound like Jesus? These are the difficult questions that the emerging generation.
Lieutenant Dan: Have you found Jesus, yet?
Forrest Gump: I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him.