Well put piece by Brian McClaren.
He’s right. When we refer to what a Christian should look like, who are we talking about? I know most of us would say Jesus, but is that really how we live our Christian lives. Depending on where you stand at times, can often color your outlook. I see Christianity very differently as a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary than someone from another seminary. I see Christianity very differently as a member of a PCUSA church, than someone from a non-denominational church. I see Christianity very differently not only living in America, but also living in California, in contrast to the rest of the world and the rest of the country.
I agree that there must be both “pioneers and settlers” in Christianity, and I think that the two help bring stability to the whole.