Have you ever felt like an outsider in the Church? You love God. You love Jesus. You read the Bible and pray as often as you can, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to fit in anywhere.
I can relate.
My name is Aaron Taylor. For years I’ve struggled with being a renegade within my conservative Evangelical tradition, which makes me not a fundamentalist, but neither am I liberal enough to say “All religions are equally valid….Wow, that’s a beautiful statue of an Aardvark……I think I’ll bow down to it.”–as if the Biblical commandment against idolatry doesn’t matter, or the doctrines of the incarnation, virgin birth, and the resurrection are dispensable.
I also think that speaking in tongues and laying hands on the sick are pretty cool things that Christians should do, but I don’t think the earth is 6,000 years old, and so what if my uncle was a monkey. I’m not prepared to say that God’s a cosmic cook that fries gays, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and agnostics for eternity, but I am prepared to say that God loved the world so much that He sent sent Jesus to save it, and that when Jesus said “Go and preach the gospel”, His definition of gospel includes forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Oh, and I believe that followers of Jesus are called to be peacemakers, not war-makers.
And that global warming is real.
And that Christians are called to participate in the renewal of creation.
I don’t think that God is a Republican (or a Democrat)
And don’t even get me started on the subject of Christians pimping end-times theology to justify human rights abuses…….
These are a few of the things that make me an outsider.
Your list might be different.
Whatever your moral, theological, or political bent, Unconventional Christians is a multi-contributor site for people who don’t fit in to the traditional modes of Christianity available today.
A blog for outsiders.