Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

Europe will have millions of people in the streets today protesting against procedures to curb the outrageous debts that governments have created over the last decades. European irresponsibility has reached new levels of chaos and there is little doubt that anyone really knows what’s going on. Transparency is shrouded over by so many layers of corruption and greed, there’s no way to see more clearly just how bankrupt we truly are. Meanwhile, embassies are attacked and plundered, and in the Hague a list of tyrants await trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Tribal, ethnic, and religious hatred has promoted debts that no austerity measures can ever correct.

Into this context the living Messiah has inaugurated redemption; something so new and dramatic has burst on the scene through his life, death, and resurrection that we can hardly imagine what it fully entails. Resurrection though reminds us how to be and do in hope that the planetary mess we face will be resolved. One of the striking features embodied in the Messianic life is that God in Christ, through the power of the Spirit, explosively constrains the present and creatively directs it into the future. We are, as Christ’s followers therefore, not restricted to the status quo of the cycle of violence and hatred, but engaged in and by a transformation of grace that leads us towards our destiny of imaging the Crucified and Risen One in this life and the next. This means that we have a role to play in the drama of the world; God’s world. We are to make a contribution of redemptive power to the full spectrum of ideas, be they political, economic, or social, as this will give voice to a credible love and justice that desperately needs to be heard and lived.