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In response to the debate among the disciples over who is the greatest in the kingdom, Jesus asserts that they must make a radical change in direction. They are headed down a dangerous path. They need to accept a new understanding of the concept of status. Tonight we focused on making a distinction between being childish and childlike.
In Matthew 18, the disciples ask Jesus who the greatest will be in the Kingdom of Heaven. Often, this is interpreted as hierarchy in a type of afterlife. However, another interpretation of the Kingdom of Heaven could be articulated as living fully engaged in an alternative to a culture obsessed with competition for status. The assumption that having or being “more” is equivalent to “better” forces us to categorize other people and compare that definition of them to ourselves.
The key for change lies in the acceptably unacceptable. It is radical to bring it to the surface. Exposing the thing that one’s group does that is counter to the ethic or how much of the unacceptable is actually allowed forces us to acknowledge the truth, rather than our idealized version of ourselves. For the naive, there is only the acceptable and the unacceptable and they remain stuck in the ideal.
This past weekend we were visited by Peter Rollins for the “Last Supper,” “Pints and Parables,” and for an interview at our Sunday service. A recurring theme in Peter Rollins’ work is the hidden message that we reveal to ourselves in dreams, subtle ideas, and the like that we typically suppress. That which we unconsciously keep from ourself hinders our understanding of ourselves. The lie that we tell ourselves may speak actually point to a greater truth that we are missing. This occurs on an individual as well as a societal level. The thing that we are missing may be the thing that keeps us from attaining to what we strive for.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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