So what is the answer? If everything is so messed up, how do we fix it? I don’t know if people ask me this stuff to try and prove that it is easy to expose problems, but difficult to provide solutions. Maybe they honestly want to know what I think. I doubt that. It doesn’t matter why anyone asks these types of questions, the important thing is to recognize that this is the obvious next step after burning down the system in the way that I have over the last few months.
There is a problem with this natural progression of thought: there is no answer. If the way we do it doesn’t work, then how should we do it so that it does work? The answer is that we can’t make it work. There is nothing we can do, no system, no approach, no program, no book, no conference. There is nothing we can do to make this thing work.
That sounds really shitty, but I don’t think it is. It is contrary to everything that we understand as modern day consumer christians, but it is actually pretty awesome. It is pretty freeing. i feel like I have brought up freedom before on the blog. I think it’s really important. It enables us to grow in different and powerful ways. It exchanges the heavy burden of guilt and shame with the light load of following Christ. I feel like he spent some time talking about this stuff too. But, I don’t have a quiet time, so I’m probably just remembering stuff wrong.
Christ died to set us free from the Law, from the hierarchy of religious leaders that stood between us and God, from the burdens and pains of guilt and shame, from the incredibly destructive need to make ourselves good enough and holy enough and pretty enough and fancy enough for God to recognize us. That crap kills, literally, I know that is somewhere in the bible.
So we’re free from all that junk. How do we celebrate this? We set up new hierarchies and new holy places and new holy books and holy days. That doesn’t make any sense! How do we miss that? Maybe we should simply recognize that we are all one in Christ, that Christ is head of the body, that Christ is our High Priest, that Christ is the firstborn, that Christ is the bridegroom. I think you get the picture. We recognize one, and only one, spiritual authority, Christ. We do this because it is freeing to us and glorifying to Him.
I don’t know what God wants you to do. I don’t know what God wants me to do. I’m fairly sure that I fail at that on a regular basis. Who doesn’t? We’re all in this together. God gave every single one of us His Holy Spirit and the scripture. He makes the blind see and those with sight he makes blind. The people who think they know have no idea, they’re the only one’s who don’t get that. The people who realize that we’re all dysfunctional and serious failures, well, maybe we’ll see God do some awesome stuff.