I’ve recommended Cherie’s blog before, and not just because she’s my wife. Her series of posts on sustainable living had many excellent practical suggestions and her “Wellness Wednesday” and “Farm Friday” posts are always enjoyable and interesting.
But now I’m really looking forward to the series she’s planning on social justice. Her introductory post is a great read, highly recommended. See it HERE.
Unlike Cherie, I did grow up in a churched home and culture and I did get saturated in Christianese. So unfortunately I don’t see cultural Christianity through the lens she uses. I miss some stuff that most of the world sees. That means I miss seeing a lot of what causes much of the world to dismiss Christianity as irrelevant at best and malevolent at worst. I am convinced that those of us who want to follow the way of Jesus must separate the chaff out of the wheat, and soon.
I think Cherie’s post makes a powerful observation: far too many of us have settled for a Christianity that is about “church programs and celebrations and your prayer life and your personal relationship with Jesus. Oh, and pointing out other people’s sin.” This really is a wall that we need to climb, or better yet tear down.
Like Cherie, I think Kathy Escobar has nailed it. In Wesleyan theology we would call the “stages” she describes, the journey to “entire sanctification.” Of course if we use those words, we fall back into what most of the world would hear as mere mumbo jumbo.
Like Cherie (and millions of other believers) I’m convinced that the redemption and restoration that God is bringing about for us is corporate and not merely individual. Sure we’re going to be redeemed as individuals, but only as part of the redemption of all of creation. Most importantly, as God’s image-bearers we are agents of that redemption. There are so many broken people, things and systems, that it seems unconscionable that people who self-identify as believers would stop at mere belief. As if God’s desire for us is merely intellectual assent to some theological proposition, for which we’ll be rewarded in “afterlife.”
I’ll resist the temptation to go off on some theological tirade. That’s probably one of the very things we ought not do. Instead I’ll close by saying: READ THIS (please). And keep reading. I truly think some important things are going to be said.