Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, August 12, 2019

the faith of fools

“I quickly found that the American church is a difficult place to fit in if you want to live out New Testament Christianity. The goals of American Christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don't swear, and good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally, and seriously, is rarely considered. That's for the 'radicals' who are 'unbalanced' and who go 'overboard.' Most of us want a balanced life we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering.”
                                         Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

It seems all too clear
We have made Christianity about cultural norms
Rather than about Jesus

We have made it a comfortable thing
Where we simply affirm the status quo

A faith where we can claim allegiance to God
And pay lip service to Jesus

While simply settling into our affluence
Our privilege
Our power

Perfectly happy to not only accept things the way they are
But eager to keep things the way they are

But following Jesus will never be comfortable
If it is in fact really following

To follow Jesus means to see the pain
To follow Jesus means to see the injustice
To follow Jesus means to see the inequity
The hate
The greed
The lies

To follow Jesus means to see it all
And then
To do whatever it takes

No matter how scary
Not matter how costly

To respond to those things that violate
The Kingdom of God

To follow Jesus means to give of what we have
It means to risk
It means to speak out
It means to challenge the status quo
It means to fight for justice

Even if that costs us popularity

To follow Jesus means to love others
And serve others
The way Jesus loved us
And served us

And Jesus love and service
Took him to the cross

Christianity is not meant to be comfortable
It is not meant to be a matter of gathering in lovely buildings
Singing lovely song
Listening to lovely words

It is not meant to be about domination
Or wealth

Christianity is to be costly
And difficult
And dirty
And messy

And lived out on the streets
And in the alleys

Our faith in Jesus is to take us into the places
Where the poor live
And the mentally ill struggle
And the immigrants are detained
And the aged linger between life and death

Our faith is to take us into all those places
Where we are to engage with all those things
With all those people

Where we are to empty ourselves for others

But who am I fooling?

American Christianity has watered down the faith to
The easy and comfortable adherence to cultural norms

Taking the words of Christ literally, and seriously?
Not to be considered.
“That's for the 'radicals' who are 'unbalanced' and who go 'overboard.'

That is for snowflakes
And libertards

That is for fools

(We have become a spectacle to the whole world, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ,  I Corinthians 4:10)

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