I have just arrived in Minneapolis for the Common Root conference which Tom & I will be speaking at tomorrow evening. As I we were flying I started thinking about Peter Rollins comment about denying the resurrection which has created so much buzz in the blogosphere in the last few days.
Without equivocation or hesitation I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think…
I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system. Read more
Peter’s comments had me affirming Amen brother but then I started to think Why does a statement like this create so much discussion? It should be the air we breathe and the very substance of our being. Maybe we need to rethink what it means to be a follower of Christ. What does the life of a truly spiritual person look like? It always saddens me that the liturgies and meditations I produce are always more popular than my comments about so called social justice issues which are often treated as though they are divorced from our faith.
It is so easy for us to trivialize the following of Jesus to some small devotional compartment of life without realizing that everything we do should be done as if it were a spiritual discipline. Praying for a few minutes each day and going to church on Sunday do not make us spiritual. It is the way we act out our faith that makes us into spiritual beings. Not that I want to trivialize the importance of prayer, but I think that practicing justice, feeding the hungry and healing the sick are also spiritual disciplines that need to be given as much priority as our devotional time as I commented following our Justice At the Table workshop.
What are the important spiritual disciplines that shape your life and connect you to God’s hurting world?