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A "SILVER BULLET" FOR THE EMERGING CHURCH

How much transformation is it going to take? How can the emerging church get past all the traps of culture—the philosophical fads, the political correctness, the consensual delusions? How can it get past the caricatured excess of our spiritual immaturity? And how can it get past the suicide pacts of in-your-face offenses and defenses?

In short, how can we prevent the collapse of the emerging church movement?

Thank God for a "silver bullet." And we find it in one word: "transparency." The emerging church must rediscover its transparency.

Transparency comes when everything we do points beyond itself—when all events surpass their appearance—when we see right through to something profoundly pristine and pure. Our every action, in other words, becomes transcendent, transpersonal, transcultural, transrational, trans-everything. . . .

We become clean slates where events write on us rather than our writing on events. For only then is our faith enlarged—only then do we see a "bigger picture"—and only then do we share a more generous orthodoxy.

Transparency is neither territorial nor turned-in—neither stagnant nor static—neither objective nor subjective. "(It) does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there!"1

It is free of external circumstances.

Why should we ignore transparency? Why should we be an obstacle to the church? Why should we offend unnecessarily? At such a wrenching moment, why should we increase the pain? There’s a difference, after all, between premeditated love and premeditated murder—between holy martyrdom and meaningless suicide—between spiritual maturity and spiritual rebellion.

Even the wildest biblical prophets moved in the transparency of their prophecies.

Why can’t we do as well?

© 2010 Thomas Hohstadt

Endnote

1. Luke 17:20, 21; The Amplified Bible.



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