Just another way we get it wrong.
I’m reading Dave Kinnaman’s You Lost Me. As I read through the chapter titles “Exclusive,” my mind wandered into preaching Jonah, which I will be doing over these next 3 weeks.
There are, apparently, a significant number of 18-29 year olds raised IN the church who feel disconnected thetefrom because of claims of exclusivity made by Christians and Churches.
Jonah floating around in my mind, I am not altogether ready to give up Christian claims that “Jesus is the only way.” I am on the other hand more and more aware of this:
If access to God is exclusively through and in Jesus. God sees this very.differently than we do!
God called Jonah, a prophet from among God’s people to go to Nineveh and preach. Whether Jonah was afraid of the Ninevites or that God would save them we don’t know. What we do kkow is that God saved both Jonah and Nineveh, and that God’s intent was that Jonah (God’s people) would be.instrumental in the salvation of Nineveh (not God’s people).
If Christianity IS exclusive then Christians must be exclusively focused on hearing God’s voice calling us to be a part of God’s redemption of “the rest of them.” Christian exclusivity cannot be arrogance or haughty “We are in, you are out.”
If you believe Christianity is the exclusive path to God, be ready to share the Good News of God’s mercy and desire to bring all creation back into a right relationship with God’s self.
Because you believe it is all on your shoulders.