Saturday, September 03, 2005

Pomophobic 2?

I was going to respond to comments, but decided to just post, since my response ran on and on.

First, I appreciate all of your comments. And thank you elizabeth and kew for stopping by - I always enjoy hearing from new people (they're so shiny), even when they disagree.

Second, I don't like making statements of belief that draw a line between me and another person as I did, to some degree, in my previous post. Sometimes it is necessary and that particular post woke me in the early hours in order to be written. I have great respect for Rob Bell and what he is doing. I have great respect for so many others who engage postmodernism to reach the hearts of postmodern people.

I don't believe that postmodernity is the enemy. It just is. I don't believe that it will steal anything from me. At least, I'm getting more to that place of trust/strength that the gospel is bigger than you and I and the traditions we are comfortable in or have left, with baggage.

My thinking is probably more postmodern than I care to admit. We cannot afford to be tyrannical in our knowing, in our believing. We are always, only, humble servants, simply doing that which is required of us. We have no right to judge our brothers and sisters as they journey their separate roads.

"Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?"
- James 4.11,12

We are pilgrims. We love and serve others while we are on the road - as we trudge through a summer storm or as we walk along through a mild, blue-skied, autumn day. With our hands, our feet, and our lips, we proclaim Christ to those we meet along the way. And if we are fortunate, we find a quiet inn or a comfortable pub to sit down in at the end of each day with our fellow pilgrims. We eat and we drink and we talk about the Lord. We continue to love and to serve in the midst of the conversation. Each of us have had different experiences and walked different roads. The similarities of our paths are striking, and their differences are important.

Jesus would that we love one another. That includes, amazingly, our brothers and sisters in Christ. That includes evangelicals and pomos, Anglicans and Catholics, jumpers and sleepers, charismatics and Baptists. That means we stop reviling and we begin serving. That means we are re-made to proclaim Jesus as Lord in our lives and with our lips.

We are new beasts.

We no longer devour one another and seek our own propagation, our own satisfaction for our own stomachs. We feed one another, and we desire the other's well-being, even at the expense of our own. And we do it happily.

So let us, as one, celebrate our Savior Lord. Let's celebrate one another. Let's celebrate in service toward all.

1 comment:

Jamie Dawn said...

I enjoyed the comments in your previous post.
I think it is good and healthy to explore, prod and question the principles of our faith. It has to be on a foundation strong enough to handle it and overcome it. If not, then it wasn't the firm foundation we intially thought and trusted in.