Disclaimer: The following is written with tongue firmly in cheek. Everything listed here comes from personal experience, i.e. I’ve done all of it.
A few days ago, Tony Jones posted a blog entry about a reader/commenter named Darius. To say that Darius disagrees with Tony is like calling Lake Superior a fair-sized pond; it would be a massive understatement. Tony Jones is one of the Emerging conversations more vocal proponents and, as such, is pretty progressive. Darius is a conservative, Reformed Christian (I’m not sure what branch, there are several) and basically Tony’s polar opposite. This is born out in some of the comments he’s posted on Tony’s blog. He definitely has a problem with us emergents and progressives. He’s not alone, there are quite a few people out there who don’t get what the whole emerging thing is about. And, frankly, they’re not very nice about it. I can’t understand what the problem is, we’re good enough, smart enough and, doggone it, people should like us. I mean, look at all things we’ve got going:
- We’re smart. Don’t believe me? Just look at any of our blogs/Twitter feeds/Facebook pages and see what we scored on the recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Almost all everyone has posted something touting the fact that scored 15 out of 15 or something similar (or 32/32 if you’re an overachiever like Hugh Hollowell). We’re smart, we know stuff, so why won’t they listen to us?!?
- We’re sensitive. We’re very sensitive to labels. So sensitive, in fact, that we left the name “liberal” behind because it stirred up so much animosity. We’re “progressive” now. And, proud of it…, until it offends someone. Then, we’ll change it to something else.
- We’re very tolerant. Tolerance is very important to us. We feel lead by the Spirit that everyone’s view should be respected and tolerated. The only place we draw the line is intolerance. We just can’t tolerate it.
- We’re funny. Look at this bumper sticker:
See how we took that old “When the Rapture comes, this car will unmanned” bumper sticker and turned it around? Isn’t that funny?
- We’re very good at social media. Okay, maybe I’m not so good, but others are. Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt have a company geared toward helping others gain proficiency with social media. We’re a very sharing bunch.
Reading this, I just don’t understand why they don’t like us. Please like us!!! We’re good people.