Yesterday I wrote a bit about how Abe Lincoln and how his theology could be considered emergent/postmdodern. As we move towards celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birtht his Thursday, I’d like to explore this a bit more using language of the emergent church.
The Emergent Village website identifies four important words that shape the vision for the emergent church: Growing, Generative, Friendship, Missional. For the next four days, I want to go through each word and hold Lincoln’s theology in this light.
Lincoln was a complicated person faced with the toughest of choices but it clear that despite the bloodshed of the Civil War and the struggle to end slavery, Lincoln’s politics were steeped in the hope of a just reconcilation and healing.
- “‘Growing’: which indicates our desire to develop as the dreams of God for the healing, redemption, and reconciliation of the world develop.”
Take the conclusion of Lincoln’s Second Innaugeral speech-given a month before his assasination:
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.