I believe that we live in a world that is not what it was meant to be.
I believe that the central problem with the world is a broken relationship with God.
I believe that God is a God of love, justice, and peace.
I believe that the closer our hearts are to God, the more we will experience love and peace and the harder we will work for justice.
I believe that the life, death, and resseruction of Jesus were the pivotal points in history. I believe that everything that happened before Jesus’ coming to Earth was preparing this situation. I believe that everything that has happened since that time has been a result of this occasion.
I believe that God will someday return everything to what it would have been if we had never fallen… We will live in a place like what the Garden of Eden would have become.
I believe that we are eternal.
I believe that God wants us to wrestle with his truths.
I believe that God uses the world to grow us. I believe that he wishes we had not made the choices we did.
I believe that God weeps with us.
I believe that God’s church has done things which make God laugh with joy and things which make God shake his head in shame at us.
I believe that God’s holy spirit is in the places we least expect to find it.
I believe that the enemy of God and man often masquerades as holiness, piousness, normalacy, and conformity.
Sometimes, I think it’s easy for emergents like me to throw the baby out with the bath water. We see how quiet mainstream Christianity has been about its doubts. We see how tabboo being authentic has become.
And so we open up about our fears and the ambiguities we see. And it’s a good thing to do this. But my fear is that we end up looking like depressed, faithless, nit pickers.
As I consider the stuff I’ve blogged about, it looks like I’ve got more questions than answers.
The thing is, this isn’t really true. There’s lots of stuff I’ve believe. With all that I am. This post is a sort-of state-of-my-faith adress.
Most of the stuff on this list is actually pretty close to more moderate and even conservative folks. It’s easy but dangerous to miss all the things which unite us… because really, the only important thing… Jesus Christ… does unite us.