The postmodern world in which we live is unashamedly syncretistic. It's a phenomenon found, not only within the Church, but out in the culture-at-large...something I recently pointed out in reference to the movie: What the Bleep Do We Know?
Syncretism long has been, and will likely remain a significant problem within the Church -- something I've also blogged about before.
But here's the question that's been troubling me:
Are church leaders (both inside and outside the emerging church) practicing a kind of selective syncretism?
Are we quick to condem certain practices in our worship gatherings (e.g. the celebration of patriotic nationalism) while affirming other practices (e.g. the use of movie clips, or promoting superbowl viewings)? And if we are, what standards or principles are guiding us in doing so?