Now, I don't want you to be too scared--at least not about me. I have intentionally phrased the above statements in a way that sounds alarming--but also vague, they could be about anyone. I can assure you that I am committed to the essentials of the historic, orthodox, Christian faith (but isn't that what you would expect me to say?) Why? Because I am convinced that it is true. I do not plan on starting a cult (but what pseudo-Christian leader does?). Of course, left largely to my own study, I will misunderstand some things and might be swayed by faulty or trendy ways to resolve the problem. Even so, I am teachable and want to learn from those who are much wiser than me. I like to read from people who disagree with me and get a full orbed view of the issues. But how many people are out there with a similar back story who aren't in that place? I would suggest that there are thousands upon thousands. Legions of young, potential Christian leaders who know enough to be dangerous and have a moderate amount of influence, but have no real mentor. Without guidance, they are likely to be swept up in the trends of culture and theological fads (aren't we all, to a certain extent?) How many creatively minded young Christians are out there who are not at all interested in the historic Christian faith, but would rather try to find innovative ways to revamp or even alter traditional Christian doctrines? Again, I think the answer is probably an uncomfortably high number.
And so, I have composed this article--not to say that I have the game-plan for solving the problem--but to draw attention to the problem. It is an invisible elephant in the room and I want to splash some paint on it so that we can try to figure out it's exact dimensions and deal with it. I am looking to start a conversation. You can post your thoughts there, or share this article around and get the ball rolling in your own circles. Go.