I’m not sure if you have seen the pomovational posters for the Emerging, but as I looked through the posters you can see the hurt, anger and frustration with life and yes even the church through the imagery and ideas communicated. It is heart wrenching to see some of the images, but much is revealed as you look at the images and ideas that are being communicated. I think we need to exercise caution when thinking through postmodern thoughts and our response to those thoughts. I recently was given a comment that shared the Pomo Philosophy and one part of the Pomo Philosophy is the denial of truth. Much of the communication that our culture has heard has been traditionalism as a church which many times bar out those seeking to figure out the church and the whole God thing.
In my opinion, it would be best for the church to rise up and show unconditional, authentic kindness and patience – love with this generation. As we unite together, I believe the Traditional Church along with the Emerging Church will have a greater impact on this generation. We must create safe environments for this generation to learn and understand who they are in regards to their relationship with God. This does not mean that we water down scriptural truth, but it does mean we as the church need to create environments where individuals can ask questions and share their thoughts without being beaten up verbally or treated different for not agreeing with us. The battle is not a battle of words of who is right or wrong; it is rather the body of Christ revealing the love of Christ.
I’m not sure if you have seen that Emerging Grace posters which are hopefully portraying what the church is trying to be. As we learn more and more of the Postmodern may we look not at the difference, but at the person who has probably never seen authentic love from the church.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” – John 15:12-14