The follow-up post regarding the Emergent Roadshow is in the works. The later part of my week is slow blogging, because I turn my complete attention towards my ministry responsibilities for the coming Sunday. So, the follow-up is coming, but it’ll have to wait ’till Monday afternoon. ‘Till then, read the article Brian Ross (one of my Atlantic Conference Church planting coaches) published at Ginkworld.
You see, whichever step or level you are on - you are very confident yours is THE right one. And the danger of standing proudly on the Postmodern step, is it deconstructs all the others. This person who raises their arms as the most enlightened, forgets that they think the way they do because they climbed up Narcissism, Moralism, and Pragmatism on their way. Those steps created who they are. Yet Postmodern guy, I mean “person,” turns around and sees all the shortcomings and cracks in the other steps. They see the vanity of Narcissism, the legalism and naiveté of Moralism, the shallowness and emptiness of Pragmatism and so confidently dismisses them all. Postmodern person gets a jolt out of not being on the lower steps and tries to find identity in deconstructing them whenever possible. This Wilber claims, is the downside of the university. Profs, by very nature of their brainpower tend to be Postmodern, and yet they are deconstructing the steps of Moralism and Pragmatism for a bunch of Narcissistic college kids. They are retarding their development.1
(So maybe people didn’t leave my ministry or break-off friendships because they were “sell-outs” but because I was Postmodern guy subconsciously chipping at the steps they were standing on. I was being destructive for Christ. I was an enemy? Ouch.)
Brian and I had a great conversation about all of this this afternoon. It’s awesome to have colleagues in ministry who are thinking well beyond the popular hype and actually ministering to real people in real settings. Not every young church planter or gen-x pastor is as limited in ministerial vision - or developmentally harmful - as “Postmodern Guy,” err, I mean “Person.”
1. You’ll actually have read Confessions of Emerging Guy to get a brief overview of Wilber’s “Six Steps of Worldview Progression.” Ross’ above excerpt will read more poignantly if you do actually read the entire article.