Words I Want Back… Progressive

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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pregressiveA couple years ago, I saw something I was really interested in. It appeared a group from within my denomination was holding a gathering for progressives in the denomination. I thought, “I would LOVE to be a part of that.” After all anybody who knows me knows I think sacred cows make the best hamburgers. Besides we’re not Hindu, we have no business having sacred cows. I thought, “Surely this would be a group of people looking for new and exciting ways to take the unchanging message of the Gospel to an ever changing world.”

That wasn’t what they meant. Instead, in my opinion, they gathered to find ways to create a more politically correct gospel. i.e. a gospel that would be more palatable to the whims of society. An admirable goal, except for one thing… That’s not the Gospel. See the thing about the Gospel, which is still good news for all people, is it’s the Word of God. We don’t change it. We can’t because God didn’t. No, what is supposed to happen is the Word of God is supposed to change us. Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The first eight letters of progressive are “progress” so progressive ideas should bring us toward progress. For the church, going in a way Jesus didn’t intend is not progress, therefore I want my word back. I hereby reclaim the word “progressive.”

That we gather in Christ to advance HIS Gospel. The one that remains Good News because it is the Word of God, the one who made everything and knows how it works. The one where we remove nothing, neither the definition of sin, nor the overriding command to love everyone even those with whom we disagree. That we obey the Lord, love sacricicially and use His blessings to benefit others. That we don’t attempt to discredit the Word when there are points where it disagrees with the way the world works, thinks and acts today. He is God and we are not. We follow Him. We love Him because He first loved us. We stand by the truth that sets men free and we speak that truth in love. We love everyone and we represent Him. The good news is good news all by itself.

When we do that, we’ll see progress.

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