And while saying it also managed to say something false- in the same sentence! McLaren, emerging church heretical leader in Australia, opined recently
The Kingdom of God is not about me but about transforming the world and everything in it…
He’s certainly right- it isn’t about him. And the fact that he has to say as much demonstrates how far his followers are from understanding either Christianity or Christ. But he’s emergently wrong in the second half when he maintains that the Kingdom of God is ‘about transforming the world and everything in it’. It isn’t about that at all. The Kingdom of God is about God. Not McLaren or this world or anything in it. The Kingdom is about God’s reign. Not man’s submission or transformation.
As is the case in all emergent theology, the emphasis is on the wrong word, in the wrong place. Emergent theology is – to borrow a phrase from Luther – ‘a theology of glory’ and not at all ‘the theology of the Cross’. And here’s what Luther says about all such ‘theologies of glory’-
The theologian of glory observes the world, the works of creation. With his intellect he perceives behind these the visible things of God, His power, wisdom, and generosity. But God remains invisible to him.
And so too does God – the real God – the God of truth and not the god of man’s making- remain invisible and utterly unknown to emergent christianity’s adherents. On the other hand
The theologian of the cross looks to the Crucified One. Here there is nothing great or beautiful or exalted as in the splendid works of creation. Here there is humiliation, shame, weakness, suffering, and agonizing death… [That] “God can be found only in suffering and the cross”…
Emergents have no idea what any of that means. Nor can they, since they do not know the only True God, the One who reveals himself and truth.