There’s a peace and wholeness about a non-religious life in God that surpasses the fragmented, jerky life of fundamentalism. I call all Christian ‘ways of being’ fundamentalist that bind themselves into categories of right and wrong. Sadly they are a re-write of the knowledge of good and evil with a ‘jesus gloss.’ Jesus gloss or not they can never be life-giving because the letter sucks life out of life. ‘The letter kills’ as Paul asserts.
WHO IS YOUR GOD?
The effect of such ‘isms’ is that they invent a false christ and a false you. A christ who is subordinate to the law or any list of prescriptions cannot be God by definition – since that which is superordinate to him is superior and therefore ‘god.’ Once we make words and abstractions god, we have created for ourselves a tyrant that stands beside us, separate from us and opposed to us and condemning us – unable to love us or transform us since it is not alive.
Yet the paradox of life is that the Word of God is not words but both God, life and ourselves manifest as the Christ of God and the Son of Man. As a result your wholeness is never found in compliance with rules. You are not a manifestation of rules. Due to the incarnation – you are a manifestation of God: A son/daughter of God.
GRACE/SPACE TO GROW
“A forgiving God allows us to recognize the good in the supposed bad, and the bad in the supposed perfect or ideal. Any view of God as tyrannical or punitive tragically keeps us from admitting these seeming contradictions. It keeps us in denial about our true selves, and forces us to live on the surface of our own lives.” (1)
I cringe when I drive by and see a sign on the wall, ‘First Bligginton Bible Church.’ Observation and experience indicate that biblicism does not make healed, holy or whole people. Only Jesus does that. Furthermore it is not the Bible that changes us and neither is it our will-power in applying scriptures to our recalcitrante selves that makes us gracious and life-multiplying people. It is the Christ in us – Christ who is our life and incarnated into our being who makes us an expression of God.
I’m convinced that if we could stop relying on religion and being religious and become rested in the reality that Christ is in us and with us, and becoming us, we would live more peaceful and less fraught lives.
Since the cross everyone belongs. This is the objective status of the human race as a result of the reconciliation between man and God achieved in Christ. Yet because we have agency and free will we must agree that we belong in order to live in our inheritance: Inheritance of what? Our inheritance of union with God, oneness with self and community with others.
LIVING THE TALENTS
We can have as much or as little of our inheritance as we wish. As a result some multiply rivers of spirit and life and some exude droplets. Being part of the Body of Christ is not the relevant feature. What’s important is, are we living in a piece of our inheritance or are we living in all of it? We can live in religion if we choose as the parable attests. You can believe if you wish that ‘God cannot be that good’. You can retain in you psyche the lie that God cannot be trusted – even though you are a Believer – of sorts.
You can deny the fruits of the enterprise of the trinity and the harvest of the cross, live in separation and make religion out of your attempt to undo what God has already undone. You can be a foolish virgin, miss out on the wedding because you have your own gospel and your own little identity that means more to you that who you are in Christ. Or Christ can be your life.
"Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed’ Matt 25.24 NIV.