The place of doubt

I ran across this wonderful quote from Rowan Williams:

If you are forbidden to voice the hard questions, this might suggest that faith survives only by never being challenged. The person who actually expresses their fury or disgust or disillusion can, at least sometimes, be demonstrating faith of a sort, confidence that, if God is real, it is possible, even necessary, to say what you feel about Him – and that, unless you can say this, the God you started with is not worth believing in. This underpins many of the Jewish Psalms or the poems of George Herbert or Gerard Manley Hopkins. Blasphemy resists the conspiracy of silence about the agonising difficulties of belief, resists the stifling of a real and honest response to an unjust world…

Herbert, Job and some of the Psalms remind us that sometimes the seriousness of faith is most effectively explored precisely in the risky business of testing the limits. And without such testing, such forcefully expressed doubt, you may never know the real strength or weakness of what you claim to believe. The secularist needs to understand some of the internal critique that faith is always struggling with; and the believer needs to recognise that blasphemy isn’t necessarily a matter for panic, let alone violence. It may even be a gateway into a larger and more durable commitment.

Excellent food for thought.

We need to have room for doubt, and be willing to TEST what is true. We also need to realize we don’t have to always dwell in angst, though it gets you far more blog hits and a possible spot on the Huff and Puff Post… but there are better things to do with your time.

When the shoe is on the other foot…

Now, the call from the “left” is that it’s time to stop calling “fundamentalists” Christians.

Which is okay, I suppose, because “fundamentalists” have thought “liberals” weren’t saved a long time ago.

So… no one is the Kingdom now.

Do we feel better now?

There is no amount of pleading right now I could do… or anyone… to keep the shouting down. We’re just determined to set up new “fundamentalisms” and declare who is “in” and who is “out.”

In this, Christ is lost, and the Church continues to fail to listen, to pray, and to REPENT. 

Not that this will do any good whatsoever, but I would warn those on the “left” who are choosing to be shrill that 30 years ago those on the “right” were “in” when it came to influence… and look where that landed them. Now, those on the “left” who are shrill enough to be graced with column inches on the Huff and Puff Post are feeling the good times.

Just remember… it cycles. When you want to play this world’s games and find favorites in this world’s systems… this world’s systems WILL chew you up and spit you out.

I know this goes unheeded, but I said it.