The dialectic method of progress!
Blame Hegel, or perhaps better Kant
or perhaps better yet Fichte
or perhaps we should blame “God”
or some guy named Jesus
Think about it!
In the Bible we start with order, creation
Where all is good
Then we have the fall into a disordered world
And eventually, or so we are told, we will have a new order, the Kingdom of God
Jesus taught that we have the “self”, but we have to die to that self to become a new creation.
And now today, we have many in the church talking generally about
Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction
Order, Disorder, Reorder
I have friends who are clearly in the Order phase
They were raised in the church and they have accepted the faith they were taught, with
Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so
And I respect their faith
I have friends who are clearly in the disorder phase.
It is not that they don’t read the bible, or respect it
It is that they do read the bible, and they find in its pages a lot of really strange
disturbing, even contradictory stuff.
I am not sure about the Reconstruction, Reorder, or perhaps better, New Creation stage is one any of us get to settle into.
Once we get broken open
Once we find a new point of statis
The holy spirit, fire and wind
Comes roaring in to disrupt things yet again!
So much for recliner faith!
What strikes me today, as I think about Advent, and Christmas,
and John the Baptist and Jesus
is just how disruptive Jesus was
John the Baptist warned everyone!
Take the idea of who is blessed
Most people of Jesus time believed that those with power and money
Were the blessed
But Jesus said
Blessed are the poor
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are those who mourn
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
We can spiritualize those radical statements if we want
(And make them less radical)
Blessed are the poor in Spirit (thank you Matthew)
And slip off the hook just a little
But still the statement stands!
What do American Christians do with that radicality?
We ignore it, and double down on wealth and power.
Take the idea of who is in heaven!
We would assume those who have been blessed and blessed
In this lifetime.
But Jesus turns heaven upside down, with the poor and miserable
Being those who gain a place at the table
And the rich and powerful being thrown into the abyss
Those who live die
Those who die live
That who are first are last
Those who are last are first
Those who are great are those who serve (and let go of greatness)
What strikes me most is that Jesus was with and for
and Jesus loved without reservation
Jesus spent most of his time with people we wouldn’t let inside
the doors of our churches.
which makes me believe that is it is indeed
time again for a little disorder
it is time to re-think everything
Because the order we have now
Probably makes God/Jesus/Spirit cringe
Our neat little formulas
Our alliance with power and wealth
It all needs to go
The church needs to fall in the same way the temple fell
And we need to stand in the rubble
And then we need to once again
Return to those radical teachings
We need to fellowship with the dregs of humanity
Embrace the poor
Reject the trappings of earthly power
We need to once again open the windows of our souls
And let the spirit blow again
We need to let God disrupt and disorder
So we can find God’s thing