A few years ago my blogging kindred spirit Kurt Williams created the list below
As I read through the list I found myself becoming concerned that I might be a “reject”. Given recent cultural swings I find this list to still be helpful, though I do worry that the title “reject” could yield some sort of ecclesial pity party, where we identify ourselves in terms of how others have rejected our way of Christian living. So I offer a caution against feeling too sorry for ourselves. So read on below and let me know what you think.
Might Be an Evangelical Reject If…
- You’re uncomfortable calling other branches of Christianity “apostate.”
- You worry that those who cling to terms like “orthodox” often do so because they believe it to be synonymous with “Neo-Calvinism.”
- You have significant questions about controversial theological “hot button” issues of the days and are some-what comfortable with the subsequent cognitive dissonance.
- You’ve been asked to leave a church leadership position for philosophical / theological reasons.
- You had a “love wins” sticker on the back of your car before the book controversy was even thought of.
- You read theologians from all across the spectrum.
- You think that science and scripture both reveal God’s truth in complementary ways.
- You think that what we believe about the so called “end times” actuallymatters for how we do mission today.
- You know that living the truth is more important than defending it logically.
- You recognize culture wars as pathetic attempts for Christians to grab for power.
- You don’t use the word inerrancy to describe biblical authority because it’s too rigid a definition and a modernist categorical imposition on the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures.
- You think women should do anything BUT be silent in the church. (Can I get an AMEN from my sistas?)
- You think that postmodern philosophy helps theology more than it hurts it.
- You drink alcohol sometimes (in public).
- You endorse someone who has been deemed a heretic by apprising.org
- You believe that there are significant parallels between the Roman Empire of the 1st Century and the United States of modern-day.
- You believe social justice is central to the gospel of the Kingdom.
- You throw up a little in your mouth every time someone says that “therapture is coming soon, so what’s the fuss with taking care of the planet? Lets save souls!”
- You’ve said “I’m not that kind of Christian…”
- You considered or actually voted democratic in the last two elections.
- You think that African-American Activists have valid points when it comes to justice issues.
- You have gay friends.
- You’ve been in a conversation where the other was appealing more to theconstitution of the USA than actually biblical theology.
- You’re also an Anabaptist…