March 20, 2008

Unofficially, it's "Obama Week"

More wisdom from our new hero....

"Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.

You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it. You need to embrace Christ precisely because you have sins to wash away - because you are human and need an ally in this difficult journey.

It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn't fall out in church. The questions I had didn't magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.

That's a path that has been shared by millions upon millions of Americans - evangelicals, Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims alike; some since birth, others at certain turning points in their lives. It is not something they set apart from the rest of their beliefs and values. In fact, it is often what drives their beliefs and their values. And that is why that, if we truly hope to speak to people where they're at - to communicate our hopes and values in a way that's relevant to their own - then as progressives, we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse.


cityfarmer said...

Does this actually mean this man claims to a follower of the risen Christ?

I'm a little confused.

Owen said...

Sure, if by the "risen Christ" you mean...

The primal-historic (gesschicte) mytho-poetic phenomenal metanarrative representation of the affirmation of the transcendental ego's concretizing of its practical limiting concept in the "I-thou" dimension.

Risen indeed.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Hold on,
I have to wipe the barf off my screen.
This, Christ lover - the same man who would not want a aborted baby that survives to receive medical attention.
Hold on, here it comes again!


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