I got this exercise from Richard Mouw's book Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport that I am reading right now. What would you write?
I am a human being.
I am a Christian because I think it is the best way for me to be human.
I am a Protestant because I think it is the best way for me to be a Christian.
I am a Calvinist because I think it is the best way for me to be a Protestant.
I am Emergent because I think it is the best way for me to be a Calvinist.
Let me give some explanation.
I am a Christian because I believe that Jesus is God's son, come to earth to live the ideal human life and to rescue me from my less-than-ideal life. In the long line of those who have entrusted their lives to Jesus and sought to live for him in community with one another, I identify myself with Protestants since things like the sufficiency God's grace and the Bible resonate with me. Within Protestantism, I call myself a Calvinist because I am drawn to a theological presuposition of a big God who comes after me and calls me into a future he has designed. My Calvinism causes me to take my culture seriously, and so I am seeking to be Emergent, attempting to connect what I believe in a creative way to the world in which I live - as a human being.
I used to think that being a Baptist was the best way for me to be a Calvinist. And even more specifically than that, I thought that being a Regular Baptist was the best way for me to be a Baptist. But what I found was that I could not be the best Calvinist, Protestant, Christian, or human being that way. Creativity was stifled. Grace was hard to come by. Truth was too contained. Now I am someone different than I used to be.
How about you?