Tuesday, 25 October 2011

No Answers

'When Christianity is assumed to be an "answer" that makes the world intelligible, it reflects an accommodated church committed to assuring Christians that the way things are is the way things have to be.'  Hauerwas, Hannah's Child p 207

Christianity is not an 'answer'. All to often we can look at the world around and desire or even demand an answer to why things are the way they are. And so the church can all to easily roll out answers and platitudes as to why the world is the way that it is. Yet in doing so we deny the truth if the gospel that the way things are will not be the future reality. Not only that, but we try and makes things 'tidy' by having all the answers. And in doing so people become hurt and disillusioned because the truth is that life is not tidy.
Furthermore, we live in a world that wants answers, targets and goals. Yet the wind of the Spirit will blow where He pleases in ways we had never expected or imagined, blowing our thoughts and answers completely away. And we need to live like this as God's people because we have become too accommodated, trying to answer all the questions and aligning ourselves with those in power and manipulation.

God does not give us the answers, he gives us his Son. It is in knowing Jesus that we discover the Way to live, love and die in this world.

The Occupy Movement seeks to say to the world that the way things are are not the way things have to be, and I salute them for that. Things can be different. It would be good if the cathedral would grasp this and join the powerless.

The earthquake in Turkey has seen people giving of themselves in a bid to rescue those trapped. People have gone without food and sleep to do what they can in the midst of such pain and suffering.

Answers are not what is needed in both these situations, what is needed is people giving of themselves.

Answers will not do.


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