This photo of a lion in church reminds me of what Dorothy Sayers once wrote of Jesus: “We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him “meek and mild,” and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies…”
And don’t we do that? But what would happen if Jesus walked into our churches today? I have a feeling it would be like this picture…we would all run for fear of the “firebrand” as Sayers called him. We have become comfortable with a Jesus who is gentle and meek, but have forgotten the strength, power and Glory it took to walk to the cross and bear our sin. The power to love is only reinforced by his power to create and his power to judge and his power over death. He loves us, not just with the love of roving pacifist commoner, but with the love a Ruling, Reigning King… The incarnation is beautiful, but the power of incarnation will one day be played out in coronation.
Sola Deo Gloria…Come Quickly Great Lion.
Allow me to spin you a yarn…When I was but a mere boy I wanted nothing more than a Transformer, but as every other boy my age wanted one as well, they were very hard to get. My dad would come home from working very long hours at the furniture factory (where he ran a large metal press) and immediately turn around and go from toy store to toy store to look for one. One day he finally found one (he thought) and brought it home to me excitedly. Shock and horror. It was a Gobot. Sure it transformed and it was a cute little yellow VW bug, (the old kind not the new kind preferred by happy males) but the fact remained that it was not the real thing. I was not happy.
I would love to have a moral to that story above, like something about a fathers love and a boys ungratefulness, or how, if you believe the story from wired magazine then Optimus Prime is a Christ type and if that is so then a Gobot would be a demonic imitation like the Antichrist. But really I have no such application. Though you can feel free to draw your own message and meaning. You go all Derrida and deconstruct it or whatever. For the most part I just told the story to introduce what I think is a really interesting article from James Harleman. You can read it by clicking below.
Click Here I beg You!!!! It’s a Great Article
This from the Bishop of the Anglican Church in America…I’ll call her Kathy:
“Is belief in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?” “We who practice the Christian tradition understand him as our vehicle to the divine. But for us to assume that God could not act in other ways is, I think, to put God in an awfully small box.”
Oh Kathy, Kathy, Kathy I love the God in a Box/that limits God argument…because frankly it is one of the stupidest arguments that I have ever heard. You are right it would be wrong to put God in our own box, this is what the Second Commandment is about. But to understand God in a way different than he has himself reveled to is not to remove God from any box, but rather to create a new box and a new god and again violate the second commandment. To say that Jesus is the only way to God is not to put God in a box, it is to understand God in the box that he has given us, through Christ and Scripture, the only real limit being in our ability to understand and accept it. One might argue against revelation, or against the Bible but one can not simultaneously claim to believe the Bible and to be a Christian and remove him from the Box of his own self disclosure in Scripture, to do so is to be an idolater and worshiper of false gods, not to mention calling Jesus a liar. And there is really no limit removed or boxing unconstrained if the people you seek to mollifiy are seperated from Jesus because the god you presented to them is not the God who exists. Which would you rather have, a fairy tale god who fit your sensibilites, because in fact you “unboxed” and created him, or a God who presented you with a box and a grid in which to understand him, worship him and follow him? I want a God who while, yes he does judge sin and does claim to be the only way, is still loving, still the hope of the world and above all is real because a fake god no matter how I concieve him cannot save me from me.