There are many voices calling out in the market place of Christian ideas. There are many different narratives. But by and large the megalithic power that can be called Christendom has abandoned its supposed creator. We have opted out of the radical, revolutionary lifestyle that this crazed prophet and messiah called us to. And have adopted a cultural niceness. We have embraced an economy of me first, and maybe some left overs for the deserving poor. We have clung to a doctrine of grace that gives us pithy phrases to recite in order to go to heaven when we die, or better yet get raptured out of this mess. We have created a politic of defense against everything that may be unpleasant.
But this Christ we say is at the center of who we
are, who we are meant to be and who is the resurrection of us here and
now... well this Christ was not known for his stance against illegal
immigration, his stance against public health care, against gay
marriage. This Christ was not known for his pro death penalty stance,
his pro war stance, his pro capitalism stance. This Christ we say is
our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and ultimately the one we follow, practiced
radical inclusive love towards those deserving and undeserving. This
Christ cared for the poor, and chastised the rich. This Christ loved
and spent time with the heretical Samaritans, but condemned the
religious leaders and theologians of the orthodoxy. This Christ saved
the sinner from condemnation, and did not condemn. This Christ taught
us how to resist oppression by not cowering, but not fighting either.
This Christ included women in his entourage, and was born of
questionable circumstances, and condemned those that were holiest. This
Christ included in his friends the despised, the working class, the
We have abandoned Christ, but no bother, we have built
another Christ, in our own nationalist, materialistic, and gnostic
image. And we bow down to this new Christ amidst wonderfully hip music,
and great preaching, and rituals, just like the Israelites bowed to a
calf of gold...
But God was not pleased with that