Read previous posts in this series:
- The Narrative Question
- The Authority Question
- The God Question
- The Jesus Question
- The Gospel Question
- The Church Question
- The Sex Question
I have to be honest. I did not really know what to do with this chapter of A New Kind of Christianity. I agree with McLaren’s sentiment that:
Conventional eschatologies, whether premillennial, postmillennial, amillennial, preterist, and so on, tend to argue about different arrangements or lengths of the lines in the Greco-Roman narrative.
But I don’t agree that the answer to the question is to view eschatology in a “depends on you and me” kind of way; and I adamantly don’t agree with his view that the Second Coming of Christ was really just the self-realization of the church. He won’t come out and say it, but he presents a purely preterist eschatology, claiming that the Scriptures were completely fulfilled in the Church surviving the destruction of the Temple and “emerging” as the Church independent of Judaism.
I did like this statement though:
Whatever the final judgment will be, then, it will not involve God (please pardon the crudeness of this) pulling down our pants to check for circumcision or scanning our brains for certain beliefs like products being scanned at the grocery checkout. No, God will examine the story of our lives for signs of Christlikeness.