If I were to ask you what your theology was regarding the Kingdom of God, how would you respond? If you are like a lot of people, you would have no idea what I was talking about. It seems as though we have lots of theology about everything else but not the Kingdom. I find that a little odd. Do you? Maybe we need to talk about why it is important.
Rachel Held Evans has definitely made her mark in the Christian blogosphere. Edgy and brutally honest, her writing is definitely not for those who are comfortable with their religion. While I may not always agree with her conclusions, I always appreciate her willingness to tackle the tough issues and ask the hard questions.
Recently Rachel shared a post on her blog titled Ashamed. In it she writes about some of the things she is utterly ashamed of as she looks at what our modern version of Christianity has become. Let me provide you with a little snippet of what she shares.
I am ashamed of the bumper stickers, the t-shirts, the logos, the fog machines, the light shows, the celebrities, and that paralyzing fear of Silence we’re so bound and determined to avoid that we keep shouting and shouting and shouting at one another till our words are just clanging cymbals echoing off church walls.
I am ashamed of the walls. They are built high, with circles of barbed wire around the top, to keep pests away from our bread and wine, to keep the Silence from getting in.
While she poignantly writes about what she is ashamed of, she is equally poignant about what she is not ashamed of. Consider the following.
I am not ashamed that when God strapped on sandals and walked among us, God fed the hungry, wept with the mourning, touched the untouchable, turned water into wine, cracked jokes about religion, obeyed his mom, defended the defenceless, bantered with children, forgave his enemies, and reminded us that the whole point of it all is to love God and love our neighbours well. That’s it.
I encourage you to go and read the entire post. And after you have read it, read it again. I’m sure it will resonate in the heart of ever Follower who is truly seeking to live in the Reign.
In last week’s post we discussed the fact that the King used stories to illustrate what the Kingdom of God looks like as it is manifested in our time and space. He did this to hide the truth from those who really didn’t care, and to preserve the truth for those who cared enough to press in to it and understand it. In today’s post we want to discuss a very popular parable and see where we fit in the picture it portrays.
When Bram Stoker first penned his Gothic horror novel Dracula, vampires were seen as utterly malevolent beings that were to be hated, feared, and destroyed at all costs. This view of the Un-dead continued through the early days of cinema as well. My, how things have changed!