The story is told of Jesus having a conversation with a group of theological elites of whom he simply asked, “Who do you say that I am?” The theologians replied, “You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the ontological foundation of the context of our very selfhood revealed” to which the Lord replied, “Huh?” I understand that when you read this week’s Pastor’s Page title, your reaction may be the same as above, “Huh?” But I hope by explaining, to turn a “Huh?” into an “Aha!” Trajectory theology is defined as, “An interpretive method which finds progressive change in the application of Scripture through the trajectory of time going beyond the New Testament”. In other words, whatever direction the Bible was headed in, we are to take up that ball and carry it to its finality (thus our final authority is no longer found in what is written in the Word, but in our perceived ultimate goal of those words. Let me illustrate how it works:
World (Bad) – Trajectory theology commences with the world being very far from the biblical way of doing things here on earth.
Word (Better) – Trajectory theology continues with the Word of God making things better, but not rocking the social situation at that time.
Way (Best) – Trajectory theology concludes with the Word of God so changing society that things are now the way they should be.
A good example of this is women pastors:
World (Bad) – Jesus came into a secular world that was totally dominated by men with most women being the level of second-class citizens.
Word (Better) – Jesus selected all men to be apostles because it was a male-dominated society, but he also treated women with great respect.
Way (Best) – Jesus was thus laying the foundation for the future when society would change with women and men being viewed as equals in all ways.
So according to trajectory theology, whenever you read in the Bible about males leading and females following, God was just playing to the crowd of that day until things would change in our time. Thus commands like – I suffer not a woman to usurp authority over a man or Wives submit yourselves unto your husbands – are now to be viewed as archaic, needing to go the way of all flesh. And if Jesus came today, in spite of what the Scriptures say, he’d choose six men and six women to be his apostles. (But you say, do not we read in the Bible that “in Christ” there is neither male nor female? Yes, “in Christ” but not “in the church” and there’s a big difference between those two domains.)
The bottom line? Please don’t misunderstand me, there are good, godly people who believe in trajectory theology. We just happen to disagree with them. Rather, it is our conviction that God meant what He said 2,000 years ago and He still means it today.