So Halden has thought up another meme idea that I decided to run with as well: a proclamation meme. The difference to proclaiming something in comparison to a confessional statement is rather obvious – the proclamation will be a cantankerous opinion (maybe even scathing), as opposed to divulging and humble. Heres my list:
I proclaim: John Piper needs to let go of his individualism (which interestingly could ruin his theological system) and realize that “for the glory of God” is one of the most vague theological phrases. ever.
I proclaim: the mega-church will implode in near future (perhaps 20-30 years, if we’re lucky). It’s has too, because it’ll become totally useless and full of more tripe than it is now. However, until then, it’ll just get bigger, more corporate, and more obnoxious.
I proclaim: that the church, at least in America, needs to find a better position on the issue of sexuality, otherwise it risks looking like the Mormons and their (previous?) issues of racism.
I proclaim: that to me, the eucharist is the most meaningful of all the liturgical rites.
I proclaim: George W. Bush, as he claims to be a Christian and yet tortures others, has done more harm to the body of Christ than anything I could think of from last century. We should find a way to excommunicate him. Yes, I know he is a protestant, but we should kick him the hell out of whatever we can. At least an ecclesial declaration that calls his actions a grave sin, particularly as it harms the universal body of Christ, and questions his life as a Christian. Christians ought to clean house when its this bad. (By the way, excommunication rightly understood is the acknowledgment of the sin by the church, and the community says that the effect of the sin is so great that it is rending the community apart. Therefore the church calls the sinner on their sin and puts the sinner outside of the community until they repent so they can re-enter the fold.)
I proclaim: Tony Blair is a terrible choice for a middle east envoy from the west. Honestly, you can’t just invade a country over there and think they’ll want to listen to you later. He needs to leave the spotlight for awhile. You sir, will never solve the middle east problem, and you are an embarrassing ambassador for the west.
I proclaim: Process theology can annoy me, but Wayne Grudem and John Eldredge annoy me far more and generally have less to say worth hearing.
I proclaim: while it might be true “that Anabaptism and Roman Catholicism have the most to teach the church universal,” it is people of different race, gender, sexuality, etc. that have the most to teach Anabaptists and Catholics.
I proclaim: that I hold to canonicity because the community at large does, and that is the way it should be.
I proclaim: Christ crucified. Christ risen. Christ will come again.