Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Progressive Christian Hope for The Kingdom of God

Hope is important in ways that we often don't realize. It is ultimately what drives us to do as we do. The stronger the hope, the more consumed our decisions are by it. Perhaps the key to understanding any religion is to ask "for what do you hope?"

Most people are familiar with the hope that traditional Christianity offers: believe in Jesus and God will save you. In fact, many believe that there is no Christianity outside of this specific kind of hope. As a progressive Christian, I obviously disagree. Indeed, I argue that the hope that progressive Christianity offers is much more powerful than that of traditional theology.

If you want to get a quick peek into what that hope might be, try this exercise. The next time you have a big gathering of friends and family (maybe Thanksgiving would be a good time for this), take a moment and quietly reflect on the differences represented in the room. Note how these differences reflect differences between people all across the world. Then note how strangers react differently over their differences than the friends and family in the room with you. Friends and family are much, much more tolerant, because they can identify with each other. Common bonds can overcome extreme differences. Even potentially violent antagonistic strangers can enjoy the peace of a Thanksgiving dinner, if only they are able to identify with each other as kin. The power that can make this happen, we call "Emmanuel".

Enjoy!


1 comment:

Ann Shirley said...

Hope is very important especially to Christian. It's what we hold on to especially during tough times. We just keep hope and faith that things will get better. Hope allows us to stay motivated and to continue to work on bettering ourselves as Christians. We hope to spread the word of God to others so that they too can be saved in hopes of spending the afterlife in heaven.
Living
Water Church has been a really great placed filled of hope
for me, each other, the church community, and everyone in general. I think everyone is filled with hope at one point or another or at least should be. With hope you have everything, but without it you have nothing.