In my last post, I outlined the typical evangelical narrative regarding their status as a “New Testament” church. These blessed and wise souls have somehow managed to transcend the past 2000 years or so and have landed themselves right back amongst the book of Acts! If you sense that I have some heavy critique of this narrative in store, you’re quite right. But, I’m going to save it for a future post.
Instead, I’m going to affirm a very good and right impulse in this narrative, even if I think it’s misdirected. The impulse in this is a desire to be faithful in the face of a church that has historically made very, very poor choices and done much injustice to precisely those people it should instead be serving. The recognition that we have often gone astray is crucial, and a desire to be faithful to God and the purposes of his kingdom is to be celebrated everywhere it is found.
However, this good and necessary impulse is distorted and led astray when it is wedded to the myth of primitive perfection, as my next post will detail.