I liked what Brian says.. it is a generous approach to life.. it is gracious and humble. Check out Brian's complete post here.
There is a way of being proud to be a Christian that is all wrong.
If you don’t actually know anyone who is not a Christian, or if you’re not actually friends with anyone who is not a Christian, you probably won’t understand what I’m trying to say. (And you should get out a little more.)
But the "proud to be a Christian" attitude belongs to the "US vs. THEM" mentality which is so distasteful and unhelpful. It’s salvation as a team sport—hooray for our side! There’s something deeply wrong with that. And it feeds into the notion that, "all the saved people pretty much agree with me on most things political, theological and otherwise." No, it’s not said in so many words, but I see it all the time.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me." I believe that. I absolutely, unequivocally believe that. But I also think there is a way of believing it which is wrong. When we believe it in the manner of arrogant triumphalism it’s wrong. When it’s used as a trump card to play against those we count as our enemies, it’s wrong. "Hey, all you atheists and Muslims, Jesus is the only way to be saved. So take that!" And we call it "witnessing." It’s more like gloating. What Jesus said is to be believed, but not gloated over.
Salvation as a Team Sport
Following are a few excerpts from Brian Zahnd's latest blog: