If we believe in the reconciliation of ALL things, we’ve got to participate in the reconciliation and renewal of the SMALL things. Choosing to demonstrate love in each possible moment.
I want to tell you of the dramatic transformation Jesus has made in my life. A change not for me to be personally blessed and renewed, or so that I can have an enjoyable life. Not for the sake of gaining a happy clappy church-going life, not so I can be the best prayer, best bible reader or best theological student, but so that my life can be a reflection of Jesus. A life marked by radical generosity, authentic community, deep spirituality and selfless servanthood. And as I tell you part of my own journey, I want you to reflect on your own.
It felt more like an explosion of my inner world and everything I once knew, but this was in fact the beginning of another awakening. As I started to look closer into the Biblical story I began to see that it is not a story of destination and absolutes, but a story of journey. A slow reveal. A story not of escapism, but one of embrace. The Jesus of the scripture was not one of sin avoidance, someone who stays in the safe, clean space of heaven, but someone who hangs out with sinners at their dirty houses and provides the grog at weddings.
There’s often something about the culture and structure of religion that’s comforting, something you can be certain about. But sometimes, the certainties of religion can get in the way. The challenge for us is, what is it about our religion that we need to let go of. Because when you let go of it, there’s only love on the others side…
Religious people love binary thinking. Good and bad. Black and white. In and out. Accepted and rejected. Saved and unsaved. Right and wrong. Spiritual practices and social justice activism. Theology and praxis. Christian and non-Christian. Church and secular. Religious people want to teach you what the truth is so that you know things and then do things. Thank fully, what we see in Jesus is that he was all about dismantling all of that.