“What Happened?”

In light of the religious discrimination that has been in the headlines from Uganda to Arizona, I felt compelled to share a favorite Robert Ferrar Capon quote.  It is actually a paraphrase of a favorite quote.  I no longer have the book that contains the exact quote, so I paraphrased it from memory with, admittedly, the addition of my own twist.

“What happened to the radical Christianity of the first generation after Jesus–the brand of Christianity that turned the world upside down with a quest to live in a Christ-like way?  What happened to the category smashing, anti-institutional, boundary bashing message that was embodied in those early communities that erased the prejudices and differences that separated people into categories of worth?   What happened to the kind of Christians whose hearts were on fire with radical and inclusive love, who made the power structures of the world squirm and uncomfortable; who were willing to follow Jesus wherever and to whomever he went, especially to the last and the least and the lost and the left out?   What happened to the kind of Christians who were filled with passion and whom every single day were unable to get over the grace and compassion of God and lavishly spread it around?  What happened?   Like them, in Jesus I too can engage a Divine creative energy that challenges my life and my heart and makes me uncomfortable in love.  In Jesus I can encounter a creative energy that fills me with astonishment which is so captivating that I could be considered wild and unpredictable and dangerous!   Yes, I want to be ‘dangerous’ to a dull, boring, exclusive and judgmental, status quo, narrow religion.  I want a faith that is considered risky and breaches the boundaries of our predictable and partitioned culture.   What happened?” 

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  1. Rod Schofield

    Joe,

    Thats quite an impressive memory you have. And, I appreciate that you raised the situation in AZ and Uganda on your blog. It looks like Jan Brewer will have no choice but to veto given the pressure on her by Republican leaders and were hoping that Kerry can exert enough financial pressure on Uganda to have them reconsider. Its really hard to believe this kind of thing still goes on around the world.

    Take care,

    Rod

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