When you give a sermon, you open yourself up to misinterpretation and confusion and anger and ignorance and blogging and fear and jealousy and opinions and evaluation and critique and agendas and baggage and convictions and projections… but at the exact same moment you are also opening yourself up to the possibility of truth and light and hope and repentance and desire and compassion and longing and revolution and confession and inspiration and comfort and solidarity and salvation and resurrection… and when you do this, you don’t get to pick one or the other
– Rob Bell
…is still an idol.
Has our zealous protection of “family values” led us astray?
Well written & challenging Ben Ponder brings it. And while aimed at Middle America, it just as easily speaks to western Christianity.
I recommend taking the time to read the article in full Idolatry of the Family. A couple of bits that really popped for me are quoted below.
When I read the Bible, I get the distinct sense that Jesus wasn’t interested in saving the nuclear family from a windy onslaught of liberal opinions. I rather get the impression that he was concerned with diving headfirst into the unvarnished messiness of the human condition and saving us—as individuals, as families, as communities, as people—from our own unhinged self-absorption and festering lovelessness.
The world is a mess because we are a mess. We are a mess because I am a mess. I am a mess because my heart is a mess. And the heart condition of each of us is the heart of the issue. Any other agenda, any other moralistic totem or golden calf half-truth, any political platform or religious soapbox should receive our careful scrutiny. Because an idol carved in the shape of a smiling family is still an idol.
Often I think Jesus just becomes a substitution for animal sacrifice & we ignore how he lived
courtesy of The Global Poverty Project
I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.
– Tony Campolo
I used to think when I was a child, that Christ might have been exaggerating when he warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know better. I know how very hard it is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness. Money has a dangerous way of putting scales on one’s eyes, a dangerous way of freezing people’s hands, eyes, lips and hearts
– Dom Hélder Câmara