One of the joys of being an Anglican is finding the brilliant thinkers and writers currently engaging our culture and spiritual life. If you haven’t heard of Tish Harrison Warren, you just did… and you need to hear more from her. You can subscribe to her weekly newsletter in the New York Times for free.
A blurb from this week:
Consumer capitalism is not going to teach us about how to pursue arduous goods, nor is technological progress, nor is either American political party. Theoretically, religious communities are places that train us toward ends other than individual autonomy. They point us to something bigger and higher than ourselves, calling us to love God and our neighbors. However, this is unfortunately not always the case. Many religious communities have lost their ability to articulate an alternative to the sovereignty of personal choice and individual autonomy.
We need a Christianity that is rooted in Christ and utilizing the minds he gave us! We don’t need to keep parroting our favorite political sources that feed our echo chambers. We need engaged, thinking Christians.
But as a culture, we desperately need religious communities that do not parrot the predictable ethical arguments of the right or the left. We need a rooted and robust call to love our neighbors, our families and the marginalized, the needy, the weak and the afflicted among us. Individual liberty is not a bad political starting point, but it’s inadequate to orient our lives. We need other stories that teach us how to live justly and wisely in the world, that lend us a vision of positive liberty, that show us what freedom is for.
And, you’re welcome.