Friday, September 28, 2012

Progressive Values

For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

In our Progressive Christian Values class we have been learning about the presence of the darkness to which Paul refers. It is a spirituality which inspires fear and anger in people. A way of seeing the world that leads humanity to seek violence based solutions to violence based problems, a way of organizing human systems in terms of domination.

If you can’t see the true extent of the problem, you won’t be able to see the path to a solution. We have not yet moved towards the solutions part of the class but solutions do exist, have existed for thousands of years.

The class is simply a concentrated form of the message that forms the basis of our regular Sunday morning worship: There is an alternative to domination and violence. There is another way to organize our lives, and our world. There is cause for hope for a better world for all. But that hope isn’t going to come as present under a tree or a post apocalyptic divine intervention. It comes as a vision to be embodied, a way of life that comes alive as we live it, a lifelong journey of transformation and struggle.

This we call the way of Christ. It a journey for people to take with others.

Keystone Church 10:30 Sunday mornings.