Quote from Gulley’s “Evolution of Faith”

My hope is that an evolving Christianity will reflect the egalitarian spirit of Jesus, not the elitism of the entrenched church. It will no longer presume that having male genitalia uniquely equips someone for leadership. Nor will it assume heterosexuals are capable of ministry in a way homosexuals are not. It will listen carefully to its young people, letting their enthusiasm and yearning for authenticity inspire a passionate and relevant faith. It will console the brokenhearted, speak for the voiceless, befriend the weak, challenge the powerful, and call to leadership those who handle power well – not for selfish gain but for selfless service.

An evolved Christianity will not insist we believe the absurd, affirm the incredible, or support a theology that degrades humanity. It will be a friend of science, working joyfully alongside the best minds in the world on a common mission to embrace and enhance life. This Christianity will talk less and act more. I recently attended a church gathering in which a committee had been asked to draft a resolution against torture. They had spent an entire year writing a short paragraph on which everyone on the committee could finally agree but no one else would likely read. When a woman rose to suggest they actually do something to prevent torture rather than just write words against it, she was criticized for not cooperating. People no longer listen to the church’s pronouncements. No one waits with bated breath for the church to wade in with its perspective. We craft missives, epistles, and minutes that are first ignored, then forgotten. Nor do governments change their policies because Christians have collected on a street corner to sing “We Shall Overcome.” But when ministers are bold and prophetic, when Christians rise from their pews and work and sweat and invest their lives, people take notice and lives are changed.

Taken from The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating A Better Christianity

Thanks to Mark Andrew Alward for the post.

Review & Commentary

  • Bob Hartline

    My heart is broken for those who listen to you. Christianity has never been about listening to people “having male genitalia.”. The Church of Jesus Christ lives in His people. Christianity is about a “relationship” with Jesus Christ. We are united by his “Word” changing our hearts and minds. Doing good things does not make you a Christian. We are known by our fruit and love for one another; all of which is only possible by being submitted to His love. By the way, Christians don’t change lives, Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit changes lives. I am truly sorry you have never experienced that. My prayer is you will allow his Word to enter your heart in a new way. And no, God is not creating a better christianity. Jesus said on the cross, “it is finished”. God has not anointed Progressive Christians to redefine his Word. There is someone who wants you to believe that, but it is not God. Joseph Smith thought the same thing. May God have mercy on your soul………

    • Merton backlund

      Bob, you seem to have appointed yourself as the guardian of your fundamentalist beliefs to respond to everything published here. I disagree with most everything you write. Like many fundamentalists you cherry-pick the bible to support your personal beliefs, never once seriously considering other peoples ideas.

  • Rick ONeal

    God is truly creating a better christianity….one the historical Jesus would recognize…one that affirms the value of all his creation. Those encrusted in the dogmas of the past are like the old wineskins,bursting when the new wine is introduced.

  • Charis Varnadore

    While I certainly believe that we should listen to and read all critics,I am not so sure that responding to them is of much value to them or to us. On another subject, it seems that I am on a one man crusade to rid us of the vocabulary that is so descriptive, and somewhat disconcerting, and, I believe needs to be replaced by a vocabulary that is appropriate to this ‘new’ understanding and appreciation of the Gospel.One such word, which I read in the literature of both Progressive and Emergent writings is the word LEADER. Perhaps we could return to the lost word, SERVANT, to rightfully replace it.The former has far too many connotations, and I am afraid to admit that when I encounter that word in these writings, I have to wonder if I am reading the same Gospel. I realize, of course, that so far, I am losing this battle, but I cannot cease… Charis