What is Reformed Margins? Why does it exist and what is it trying to accomplish?
Allow us to introduce ourselves.
What is the vision of RM?
On the “About RM” page of our website is a vision statement. “Reformed Margins exists to celebrate the glory of God and exalt the person and work of Jesus Christ among the nations.” Each verb is chosen with purpose, giving you a glimpse into our heart for this site.
“Celebrate.” God’s glory is beyond comprehension. All of creation shows his glorious power and declares to us that he is good and worthy of praise, so we don’t just acknowledge the glory of God. We don’t just state it as fact. No, we cry out, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 57). We celebrate that the glory of God brings joy, life, love, justice and peace! And we want the world to celebrate with us. Some might think the name “Reformed Margins that we stand “against” something, but we primarily desire to celebrate the goodness of God with all peoples and hope this site becomes a platform for thoughtful, charitable reflection rather than heated polemics.
“Exalt.” The God of Psalm 57 is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, so we want the name of Jesus to be lifted up as Savior, Lord, and King by all peoples in all nations. To know the Father as sovereign over all things, to know His Son as King over all things, and to know His Spirit as the life-giving source of all things is to know God as he is revealed to us in Scripture. The world is shrinking due to globalization and the West is facing a dramatic increase in ethnic and cultural diversity. Therefore, the church has an unprecedented opportunity to introduce all peoples to a God-centered worldview—a mission in which Reformed Margins hopes to take part.
Why another “Reformed” blog network?
As our vision statement says, “We pray that this site provides a platform for Reformed Christian thinkers from various ethnic minority backgrounds to join in broader Reformed and Evangelical conversations.”
People who identify with the “Reformed” branch of Christianity trace their theological heritage back to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, most notably Martin Luther and John Calvin. Through the centuries, perhaps owing to its European and Puritan heritage, the Reformed tradition in the West has been dominated by Caucasian leaders. Western society’s corporate sins of racism and systemic injustice have also crept into the church, leading at times to the marginalization and muting of minority voices within the “always reforming” Reformed world.
However as the West begins the long journey of racial reconciliation and healing, we are beginning to see a change. There has been a resurgence in recent years among people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who recognize the truths of the Bible as summarized in the Reformed tradition. Denominations with Reformed convictions are starting to repent of their previous pro-slavery history and antagonism toward the Civil Rights Movement. Organizations like the Reformed African-American Network seek to forge new paths by melding the rich tradition of African-American Christianity with historic Reformed theology, while The Gospel Coalition, having recognized their need for more diverse leadership, is taking strides to provide seats at the table for minority thinkers.
These encouraging currents serve in part as the stimulus for Reformed Margins. While much progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. We hope this blog network will provide a platform for all ethnic minority thinkers in the Reformed tradition to speak their unique experiences and promote greater understanding and unity within the church. Our prayer is that sites like this will move us closer to the reality of kingdom diversity.
Editor’s Note: As we seek to be a platform for minority voices in the Reformed world, RM would love to hear your voice. If you’re interested in being a regular or even an occasional contributor to Reformed Margins, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.