The Christianity of the future (which is now) needs to be, and will be, relentlessly focused on that which matters. The Core of the faith: God is Trinity, Jesus is the Full Incarnation of God’s Being, Resurrection, The Holy Spirit in all Believers, the Church is the Body of Christ, and our mission to Usher in The Kingdom of God. That’s it.
I am urging that we dramatically focus on these orthodox aspects of the faith. That we meditate on these truths until they transform us into the image of Christ. If the Church could unite and focus on modeling the Kingdom of God, lifting oppression, and bringing transformation and healing to the community, I think we would see some truly beautiful fruit in a complicated age. God is a God of Beauty, Love, and Resurrection. For us, this truth doesn’t change and we remain grounded, regardless of external, cultural circumstances.
It is important to understand that Christianity is a progressive religion. Our finite, limited, human understanding of God is constantly changing and evolving, and the Bible even documents our conscious growth. The human knowledge of God shifts from Genesis, to Exodus, through the Psalms, through the Prophets, through the Gospels, through Paul’s epistles, to Revelation, and still today. There was a time we thought God needed the sacrifice of animals and now we know she is a God of Grace. There was a time we thought God was a biological man of patriarchy and now we know that God desires equality for all human beings. It is bizarre and arrogant to claim to have complete knowledge of God’s nature. God can only be known through mystical experience.
I live my life obsessed with “Kingdom Come”. Kingdom Come means, to me, Transformation to the status quo. It’s the Christian Way of Life that boldly rejects of the oppressive forces of the world and says “yes, and amen” to the alternate ways of Higher thinking and living – the Reign of God, “on earth as it is in Heaven”. Unfortunately, Evangelical Christianity has put a heightened emphasis on the afterlife, which often resembles a pagan idea of heaven, as opposed to the Jewish concept of Resurrection and New Jerusalem. This has caused many Christians to remain indifferent to the genuine needs of people here today, while they simultaneously go to church every Sunday, stacking up heavenly rewards and enjoying the material blessings of American privilege in the name of Prosperity Jesus. As humanism continues to reign as the supreme secular religion, Christianity will need to completely abandon the false notion that God is only concerned for the soul and a spiritual afterlife. The Kingdom of God is here now, and as illustrated by Jesus, God is very concerned with the physical problems we face in present day reality.
Humanism is typically a rejection of religion and a secular attempt to advance human flourishing. I would argue that Humanism and Religion can indeed dwell amongst each other. I would even argue that the reason humanists have felt the need to reject religion, is because the Christianity they have known, has often served as a harmful, conservative ideology that restricts human progression. The good news is that the attempt to slow human achievement is not an orthodox Christian value. In fact, if we take Jesus’ teachings on the Kingdom of God seriously, we may see that Humanism and Christianity have much more in common than conventionally understood.
We are approaching an age of techno-humanism. As the life sciences and technology continue to advance, we will be living in a very different world than we do today. There will be superhuman biomechanics and mind enhancements. The data religion will likely overshadow us and as believers, we will need to contemplate what it means to be a follower of Christ in the days of artificial intelligence and a godlike robotic-humanity.
The future may disturb you, but it doesn't frighten me. God’s love for individual Human Life and human flourishing far outweighs our strange religious tendency to keep us limited. I'm not sure how big your God is, but no matter how advanced we become, the Eternal Mind that caused this all into being still reigns supreme. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
An intimate, mystical relationship with God, practiced through meditation, prayer, and an ever-present awareness of God’s love and proximity is needed to sift through this busy and complex life. Knowledge of the Christian tradition is important, but it should lead you to the heart of the faith. Oneness and a deep relationship with God. As we come to know that God can truly only be known through experience, we become much more gracious and loving to our neighbors. When our theology is only a memorization of specific denominational doctrines, our faith will likely not grow to its full potential.
As we evolve in global connectedness, we must do away with the tribal aspects of our religious fundamentalism. For American Christianity to survive the future (again, now) we must come to embrace the Universal Supremacy of Christ. Traditionally we have treated Jesus like he is our God, and no one else can know him. We have gone further to say you must know the correct Jesus, certainly not the Catholic Jesus, nor the Presbyterian Jesus, nor the Pentecostal Jesus, nor the Methodist Jesus, nor the Baptist Jesus, nor the Episcopalian Jesus – you see the exclusivity gets quite ridiculous. I’m not saying we shouldn’t study to find the most accurate historical depiction of Jesus that can be known, I am only saying we must be far more gracious to other religions and philosophies of the world. We definitely need to stop demonizing those of other belief systems. Jesus, as the God of the Cosmos will not remain constricted to the categorical boxes that we force him into. Rather,
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:15-20)
When I meditate on this passage, I am in awe of the omnipresent bigness of Christ. The Cosmic Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, and he will not be constrained to our boxes. Especially if those boxes are locked to the public.
WHY I AM FROM THE FUTUR.
I am from the future because God is the Future. He is advancing humanity forward, as He always has, and I will not allow religiosity to make me fearful of what’s ahead. Instead I will embrace what the future has in store, knowing that God will continue to his loving process of "reconciling all things to himself."