emerging in asia – “I think that’s your miss”

Here’s a note I received recently …

I am studying in [a university in a large city], and I have joined a school fellowship four years ago. In our fellowship, some of us was inspired by your insight, however, the more we appreciated God’s plain which you tell us, the more frustrated we think about our church (be attended that we are from different churches). And there is also a serious problem that we don’t know how to introduce this new kind of christianity to our classmates because. I guess that may be we need some help from your church. Maybe you should plan mission about this new kind of christianity. I was aware that you don’t want us to construct a new church, however, I think that’s your miss because you don’t know how difficult to live as a new kind of christian in a Fundamentalist Christianity church. And I also guess that’s your
exaggerate but unnecessary humility because you don’t want to make anybody unhappiness. But have you considered that we put lots of time and money and life in our church due to be subject unto our pastor, and ironically make our classmates be disgusted with christianity. This intensive tention let me disappointed about God. Although I believe that’s due to God’s kindness and tolerance as he have gived human freedom, I think there should be a new kind of church.(At least I should left my church, if you know some pastors in [my country] agree with your interpretation of the bible, please tell me.) If you can help us to construct new kind of christianity church, either sent some missionaries or offer some training progrem, eventually financial support or just pray for us, you can contact with me.

This bubble of discontent continues to grow – not just in North America and Europe, but around the world. When leaders try to clamp down harder on people and shame them for raising honest questions, they only intensify the frustration. Unless more and more of us have the courage to humbly embody an alternative Christian ethos and to graciously articulate a new kind of Christianity, these folks will be driven away from faith altogether.
I should add that I’m not against starting new faith communities under these circumstances. In fact, the second book I have in planning stages is a resource to help newly-forming faith communities (as well as longstanding ones that are ready to grapple with the issues facing us).