“Faith is fearful and defensive when it begins to decline inwardly, struggling to maintain itself and reaching out for security and guarantees. In so doing, it removes itself from the hand of the one who has promised to maintain it, and its own manipulations bring it to ruin. This pusillanimous faith usually occurs in the form of an orthodoxy which feels threatened and is therefore more rigid than ever…. Such a faith tries to protect its ‘most sacred things’, God, Christ, doctrine and morality, because it clearly no longer believes that these are sufficiently powerful to maintain themselves. When the ‘religion of fear’ finds its way into the Christian church, those who regard themselves as the most vigilant guardians of the faith do violence to the faith and smother it.”
– Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God.
I’m not generally a fan of Moltmann (ironically, I think he does generally play too fast and loose with Scripture and theology), but I think he’s on to something here. What does the church look like who forgets the reality that Jesus is Lord? I wonder how closely such a church resembles my own? Something to ponder.
If you hadn’t guessed, the last few weeks have been pretty crazy between work, school, and Easter. I hope in the next few days to post the sermon I preached for Easter sunrise at my home congregation and then to begin posting a little more regularly again. Thanks for bearing with me!