I had a few minutes this morning before I had to get off to church and so I wandered by some of the blogs to see what was "up" in the neighborhood.
Titusonenine was leading this story: "The head of the Episcopal Church gives social justice top billing" -- an article in the Roanoke VA paper about +Katharine Jefferts Schori's visit there yesterday. The comments were predictable ... here's one, for example:
AAAaaarrrrrgggg! The first task of a Christian should not be economic evangelism” but “Christ Evangelism.” By focusing on “social justice” or “economic justice” we lose focus on Jesus Christ. Rather than trying to turn clergy and lay church politicians (those who attend the various conventions) into economists and politicians, lets be sure they first understand the Christian faith and then get them to turn politicians and economists into Christians.
Which got me thinking about the either/or thing. And got me posting my own comment (not a thing to be done unadvisedly or lightly on Titusonenine!), which read:
It’s the “two world view” thing again. Here’s how Ed Bacon put it in his speech last week on the IRS:
The focus of this Christianity is not the salvation of individual souls but seeking the salvation of the entire human community through radically inclusive love, justice and peace – for all – particularly for the marginalized and vulnerable both in our neighborhoods and in the world.
So what I’m wondering this morning is if we’ve really gotten beyond the place where there isn’t room in Christianity for both ... if we couldn’t yet find a way to be a people of God who believe in individual salvation not for individual salvation’s sake and who are committed to social justice not for social justice’s sake, but see it all as part and parcel of belonging to the God who called us to walk in love as Christ loved us and love our neighbors as ourselves.
It’d never work if my litmus test for your welcome at the table is how you vote on social issues and your litmus test for mine is if we agree on the same theological explanation for the salvific power of the cross.
But what if we could agree that good people of deep faith WILL come to different conclusions on how God calls us to walk in love with each other—and what if we could regain that historic gift of Anglican comprehensiveness that leaves room for different theological understandings of the same God and Creator of all?
Not saying it will happen. Just wondering if it isn’t worth thinking about. Happy Sunday, T19ers!
And I'm still wondering. And now I'm off to church. Happy Sunday, Everybody!