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Perhaps I'm wasting my time here, but I'd like to at least try to share why I was dismayed, saddened and a little angered over the contents of your December 1 show.

1. Your guests seemed to be proponents of the "emerging church." I find the notion of an emerging, evolving (improving?) church disturbing... not because I like the old churches in any way: they long, long ago lost their way. And it is easy to understand why: the original gospel message includes repentance and overcoming, and that means changing, leaving your comfort zones. Given that leaving your "zones" has never been and never will be a popular message, we should look suspiciously on any church/message that is popular or emerging in popularity: they too have most likely lost hold of the original message. There is no need to "reimagine" Christianity: we need to re-educate and get back to the original...

2. Christianity in not about changing the way we act and it is not about going out to do good deeds. It is about changing what we ARE. It is a one-on-one thing between each of us and God.
Forget the social movements: there is no substitute for becoming the "new man" the apostle Paul wrote about, being modeled after Christ as we repent and overcome, as we let Him dwell and walk in us, as we grow in love. As we grow and change who we ARE, we will automatically produce good works...

3. I did not hear Bible prophecy mentioned on the show. Too bad, because there is a lot to be learned from it. An essential learning is this: there are no movements, no causes, no political or religious schemes out there that will save us from ourselves. We will come to the end of our rope (the "great tribulation", Matthew 24), and then God will intervene to save us from self-destruction. We will learn - the hard way - that there is no substitute for individually changing as outlined in 1 and 2 above. There are no man-made schemes that will bring us to an utopian Kingdom of God on Earth. Realize this and you will realize that philosophies and movements - including communism, socialism, capitalism and even "emerging churches" - are shams.

4. A comment on progress. Built into the modern mind there seems to be a concept that social progress is inevitable, that mankind will always improve via an inevitable evolutionary progression. Sorry, but outside of each of us, one on one with God, becoming the "mew man" there is no solution...

5. I'm glad On Being seeks to be "a spacious conversation... about the big questions at the center of human life." So I'll throw in my two cents worth. What's the purpose? Why are we here? God wants - and is looking for - men and women He can live with forever. Read about it in Revelation 21:3-4. God wants family and He has a plan for attaining it. Actually, He is doing much more than looking: He is CREATING family. Creation is in process even now as we let Him dwell and walk in us and we overcome and change and grow into the "new man" - the special people God would like to live with forever. "He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:7).

6. Okay, I'll step down from my soap-box now.