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The Soul-Searching Continues... - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 29th, 2009

08:27 am - The Soul-Searching Continues...

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I just heard an interview with a former Religious-Right spokesperson, Frank Schaeffer, who wrote the book CRAZY FOR GOD. (Google it if you’re curious. But beware. It’s inflamatory.) He and his father were pals with Reagan back in the day, and they were partly responsible for coining the term “the Religious Right” and heavily promoting it. He says he has now taken a serious about-face in his thinking, and he gives a passionate plea in this interview for religious people to back Obama today. I have no interest in reading his book because I don’t need more reasons to feel alienated from people who seem to hate Obama. But, I can tell you one thing. I don’t want to be “crazy for God”. I want to be lovingly for God. I want to be compassionately for God. I want to be trustingly for God. But, I don’t want to have to leave my brain outside the church door when I walk in. I don’t want to have to say to it, “Now you go to sleep while I take in this sermon, and I’ll pick you up on the way out.” No, sermons have to make sense to me. To accept the kind of talk that pits humans against each other, saying, “Our way is the ONLY way, and everyone else is wrong, BAD PEOPLE, and are on their way to Hell!" would mean me shutting off my brain. Can’t do that.
I am doing some serious soul-searching these days, and I’m liking where it’s taking me. In fact, Christianity is looking more and more attractive as I am finding leaders of thought in the more progressive Christian community who I resonate with. It’s pretty exciting! My latest mentor: internationally renowned biblical scholar and professor, Marcus Borg (of the same persuasion as Shane Claiborne, JESUS FOR PRESIDENT)… a guy who speaks to my brain as well as my heart.