EMERGING VALUES ~ LIBERTY
The emergent church is concerned with the fullness of liberty in Christ, and that the Kingdom of God is so much more than the message of freedom from sin, for the full measure of that fullness is to experience liberty in all facets in life, including fundamental freedoms such as freedom of conscience, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the freedom to believe what our conscience and mind convicts us as being the truth.
Liberty includes social and economic justice, and all those values that are enshrined in many constitutions within Western democracies. The emergent church believes that liberty in Christ needs to impact our daily lives, and the lives of others within our society. As such, we need to engage with those in our culture who are advocates for liberty of conscience, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and social economic justice. There are so many evils within our culture, and together, with those with similar hearts and passions, we can together make a difference. Evils such as poverty can be addressed, as can issues such as war and its ramifications. We can engage and become advocates for those who have little or no voice, and become advocates for liberty.
The salvation that Jesus Christ offers has not only a restored relationship to God as a benefit, but also all facets of liberty and freedom. We are called to liberate the oppressed, and that oppression includes all these issues already mentioned.