A guy that I met through the blogsphere posted this today. It is a bit "cynical" (that’s an understatement) but also a bit "true" (if you think about it a bit). He was posting his thoughts on "labels"…you know, labeling or branding people and then either marginalizing or inflating them due to their affiliation…you can read this on your own…see what you think.
To my emergent, missional, incarnational friends:
Enough already. The labels have become redundant. once upon a time we tried to start something that was free from such labelling, only to succumb ourselves. No one outside the cultic bubble even understands what you are talking about anymore. They care even less.
Missional? What church believes it isn’t missional? …everyone on the religious bus believes they are touching their community. The term is meaningless and vague.
Incarnational? Know any english? I can just imagine you telling your neighbors your church is trying to be incarnational… imagine the blank stares. and again, what church is going to admit they are not trying to live Christ-like in their environs. Isn’t that kind of the point?
Emegent? Are you emergent or emerging? Does it really matter? I thought you didn’t like labels? I am floored the amount of time that is wasted defining and redefining the labels and dotting the i’s. Seriously, get a real job.