Wes is so right. My generation - the emerging and current leaders want to see what our actions are. Don't just preach the word (though important) live the word. Come on now - Amen! Live it! Come on church, listen to the words of Amos 5:24 "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Sisters and brothers...this is the gospel! Jesus lived and walked with the poor - church, are we listening?
When I was in Oman my Muslim friend said, "You see Jes, you Christians in America care more about what you think. Your doctrine has gotta be right. We Muslims care more about our practice. Are we practicing what we believe." Ouch! I then said to him, friend, this may be true of some of my brothers and sister in the USA, but that isn't all of us. Good thinking and good practice, they need to be married. So friends, let the wedding ceremony begin. May the spirit of God be gracious to us as we fumble our way forward.