I'd welcome input here about "the emergent church."
My impression is that it is a phrase to describe a contemporary evangelical movement --away from political activism and toward just being "nice."
Of course, the church would not be persecuted if it is merely "nice" and "inoffensive, " and "politically correct," would it?
Is there nothing we should do or say that might get us persecuted? make us hated? crucified?
That's not the whole Gospel, is it??
Seems I recall Jesus calling people a "generation of vipers" who rejected and killed the prophets.
Of course we are to love neighbor, brother, enemy. But there is no Biblical call to soft-soap truths that are difficult for modern people to swallow --like standing up for sexual morality and traditional marriage and not "shacking up." Against transgendering and gender-bending of all sorts.
After all, Jesus said a man should leave his parents and cleave to a wife. (Though I sure do like to have Rob around to take out the 5 live mice and one dead one in traps in the basement! Boy, we'll miss him when he leaves and cleaves!! )
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible