Christianity? This is what I'd like
Posted by Simon Parke, 13 February 2017, 6.07pm
Another Synod, another mad debate about sexuality.
Welcome to la-la land…but not the musical.
Mad Item No.1 in response to mad bishop’s report:
‘Who can and cannot put their willy where they wish to; and which holes can receive sexual pleasure, and how, and with whom?’
Sarcasm alert: I’m sure this is exactly what Jesus was talking about in the Sermon on the Mount.
He offered what were apparently some beautiful attitudes.
But obviously what he really meant – let the reader understand - were some very particular rules around sexual pleasure.
(The cock references were clearly lost in translation.)
Where to begin?
I heard something about ‘the African churches’ on the radio this morning.
As if this was somehow relevant.
‘I know it’s mad, totally ridiculous – but you have to remember… the African churches.’
I remember being asked/told to collude with a very unpleasant aunt when young; and I’m feeling the same now.
The thing is, I don’t tend to encourage people to collude with unhealthy relationships in a therapeutic situation; and I won’t be starting now.
Collusion with ill-health is living death.
Do you know what I’d like?
I mean, it’s crazy…but, well, we all have to dream.
I’d like it if the Christianity offered the religion of Jesus rather than a religion about Jesus.
That I believe was the original idea.
So a religion of things like, oh, I don’t know, trust, awareness, rage, courage, compassion and prayer. That probably catches most of it.
Oh, and the validity of love.
Instead of some sad list of do’s and don’ts invented by inadequate men, a list of tick-box right and wrong doctrines…because it beats growing up.
I’d say, aim for the attitudes, create space in your struggling self for those attitudes, the work of a life time…and let the doctrines look after themselves.
But of course we won’t do that.
Hah! Some fucking hope.
Doctrines are easier, requiring no self-reflection. They baptise the power of small people, damaged people…they protect me from personal growth as I hide behind God’s utterly favourite pastime: doctrine!
(And disappointing, Simon - very disappointing, I’m not angry, just disappointed - that you used the word ‘fucking’...I’ll pray for you.’)
For fuck’s sake…for God’s sake.
The religion of Jesus, not a religion about Jesus.
I’d go to that church…I’d live their creed.
P.S. After this piece was written, the Bishops and Laity in Synod sided with the madness; but the Clergy, by a small margin, voted against it.
This meant that the madness was, on this occasion, defeated.
Cherish the moment.