Not only is “Emergent” still a flexible, only-partially defined concept first labeled by my school, they then use that partial definition to further other arguments. So halfway down the stream, the boat will collapse and they will wonder why.
God will meet you without a church building. He will also meet you without a building, period.
No, I am not an expert in the field. Yes, I do have some experience in the field, especially through Special Education. Yes, I have a drive to see good done to every human being.
Since Just War theorists tout their own form of justification, I found mimicking the practice for “illustrative” purposes quite enjoyable. So, noting all context, here are the qualifications for a “just war” from that chapter in the Books of History, if you wish to command one or justify one who you think has already done so.
As a progressive Christian, I always hope that things like that are doing their job… But realistically, the free/reduced program will never be an equivalent. If it were, it would not be offered to people: one would have to pay.
People are assuming not just that we have a scarcity of resources, but that we cannot work enough to transform them. They also assume (or willingly forget) that government systems are not already in place for the Christian to take her faith and transform the world through it as a divinely-ordained framework for good.
Without peace for the land, the poor go hungry.
How can you know if someone exists unless they exist? This is one of the reasons I would pose to supplement Beverly Pratt’s recent blog article for Sojourners. In fact, it might be the only necessary reason.
The excuse of not wanting to provide and pay for healthcare to others now, when it has been possible for so long, is much like a parent being reunited to their child, only to have the parent say, “I don’t want to be their parent now. It’s much too late.”
The poor are far harder workers than one may think. In fact, they have to be if they want to survive, by-default.
“Creation Care” is the future of the Church, if the Church will obey God in their entrusted responsibilities. Once again: being responsible is more important than theological bias, or even comfortable “relationships”.
A two-edged sword, with blood of my tribes on its blade.