Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good Friday, and the Crucifixion of Jesus, Again.

It is Good Friday. The day the Church remembers the crucifixion of Jesus in preparation for Easter. Usually around this time, there is a story about the historical Jesus or the demise of the faith. Jon Meacham's Newsweek article follows in this tradition. He does makes some intersting points, but he seems like a flame inside of a hurricane. Using polling data, he writes a polemic of how it is a good thing that Christianity's influence is waning. The cover features a the words, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America" in the form of a red cross. He gets into the whole idea of America entering a Post-Christian era. (I must have missed the Christian era. I must have been sleeping or something.) Arguing the God-is-dead theologians of the sixties were prophetic in their trailing after a Godless Christianity. (Isn't Godless Christianity like a sunlightless sunny day or a cool drink of waterless water?) The fact that America has never been a Christian country, but a Christian influenced country never is clarified in the article. His arguments left sad more than anything else because about how he defines Christianity.

My thinking is that we are again trying to crucifix Jesus on new cross. Nothing changes and just think of the different crosses tried before, be they the cross of history (the Jesus Seminar), the cross of historical materialism, (Marx) the cross of politics or the cross of polls (Meacham). We have no problem putting Jesus on the Cross, we have been doing that for two thousand years. Our problem is that Jesus keeps ressurecting on whatever cross we nail him to. Easter always returns.

Finally, being a new Dad, I have to share photos. My new son has taught me the meaning of new life, and God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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