Why I am liberal, but not LIBERAL! [pt.2]

Ok, so let's get started. Please refer to yesterday's introductory post [pt.1] to see where we're going and where we've been.

  1. Stereotypical Liberal Assumption: There is no absolute truth.

As a postmodern (read: my thoughts on Postmodernism) I do believe there is "absolute truth," (a term itself that probably needs more unpacking) but I do not believe human beings are capable of comprehending ultimate truth or objective absolutes. We are limited creatures with subjective, existential viewpoints. As a postmodern Christian, I believe that God, through Jesus Christ, is absolute truth. And I will spend my entire life seeking to know more of Christ… But I will always get it wrong, at least in part. I will never fully understand the truth of who God is, and how Christ lives in me, and how I am supposed to function in the Holy Spirit.

Neither will you.

As Christian mystics have understood for two millennia, the nature of God is an ever-unfolding mystery that we are invited to participate in, not an equation to solve.

All of us see "as through a glass, darkly," limited to dirty, imperfect subjectivity. I think about the purpose of theology, and the nature of (T)ruth and wonder, as frail, fragile beings: "how much is expected of us?" Likely, the answer is different for each person. What does God expect of me, my beliefs and my praxis? - Me, an educated [well, semi-educated], white, upper-middle-class kid who has been blessed with very little personal trial, hardship or sorrow (apart from the standard, easily-medicated suburbanite-depression)...

Does God expect more or less from a refugee in Darfur? Does God expect a "Lost Boy" to waste his time with such theological posturing - or does God merely whisper love and hope into that young man's life, by every means available, and reward any goodness or compassion that might flower amidst the horror and wreckage of war?

Our stories are the lens through which we see and understand everything else. How can we not be impacted by the cracked and dirty glass held in front of our eyes?

Does God expect us to see clearly?

Does God magically reveal True ("correct") theology?

Or does God recognize the texture of the glass through which we see, and make allowance (grace) for blurred vision?

I've confessed this before: in grade school, I prayed to Aslan because he was easier to conjure in my mind...


rjlight said...

"...the nature of God is an ever-unfolding mystery that we are invited to participate in, not an equation to solve." That is beautiful--couldn't say it better myself.

Peter said...

Thanks RJ!

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