by Glenn Fairman 9/13/14
The heart of the Christian ethos is the ransoming of humanity out of the wreckage of a broken world. It is not the redemption of a governmental regime or a temporal ideology that will turn the hearts of children to their fathers and vice versa. It does not begin with a materialist redistribution from which a transformation can then begin to work its carnal magic. It has always concerned itself with lost sheep and the heart transplant that is necessary to procure Sons of God for His Kingdom.
Although morality is a prime component of the faith, it is not central in an ephemeral sense. The Pharisees could follow rules like no others, yet they were aliens to the Gospel. The Church is not an exclusive club for the care and feeding of ego, but a hospital for the Master’s resuscitation of human wreckage —of people who have been shattered by the world and by some mystery of grace, not originating from within them, have somehow managed to crawl their way through its doors. But the building itself is the effect, not the cause. If we pat ourselves on the backs and treat our salvation as any more than the ineffable gift that it is, then we have missed the central point of the Cross.
To review: Christianity is not a political project, a mutual admiration society, or a Rotary Club meeting where men lift themselves up by the quality of their good works. The cart cannot stand prior to the horse, or the work will be in vain. This attitude of genuine humility must flow from the God -given perception that we are as chaff without His touch. The Cross is the alpha and omega of the Christian’s perception, and only through this divine prism can we look out upon the earth and perceive the authentic condition of our poverty. If Christianity be difficult, it is because like all truth it contains images that we cannot bear to gaze upon in the mirror of eternity. The Cross may be free, but it requires the greatest expenditure you will ever pay: your entire self. Until we come to this understanding, we are just playing religious games.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.
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