Liberation is painful
I wrote this 3 years ago at the end of an essay on globalization and theology. I feel like it fits here:
The mainline church in the “First World” is in crisis and is trying desperately to re-imagine and re-invent itself to be restored to its former glory - using the same theologies and the same techniques and the same blurred vision from the same dominant cultural precepts that created the problem. Subjugated peoples the world over are trying to re-emerge and resurrect themselves from dehumanization, by faithfully, imaginatively and courageously reclaiming and contextualizing the biblical witness into a new praxis, absent the same patterns that have bound the “First World” church in chains. Is resurrection possible? Our faith demands it - and, it depends on it. The dialogue between these two extremes is waiting - waiting for the opportunity to bring freedom to God’s people. The “2/3 World” theologians are prepared and seated at the table - ready to teach and to learn. The context is established. Global vision is here. Dialogue, however, takes two participants - both willing to listen with ears eagerly pricked to learn - both willing to speak from the place of God’s abundant love. As yet, the second chair is empty – we’re too proud to hear criticism.
- Andy's blog
Sins are always worse when they're different than mine