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