I am moving this blog in a new direction beginning today, and I would like to tell you about it. Actually, it’s not so much a new direction as being very intentional and expanding the direction in which I began.
It is my contention that the broader Church has become largely irrelevant. Institutional religion has segregated itself from mainstream life, and they have nobody to blame but themselves. The false dichotomy posed by Christian conservatives of all stripes between “the world” and “the Church”, or “sacred” and “secular” has resulted in the mistaken notion that there are certain things about which clergy and church members ought not to speak. Among them are sex, politics, a variety of social problems, education – in fact, there is some sort of expectation that we have nothing to say about much of anything that isn’t directly related to Sunday morning. There is almost an expectation that clergy don’t have opinions about anything not explicity religious. Throughout the years many clergy have bought in to this expectation, planting their lips firmly on the asses of their parishioners and turning into the mealy-mouthed, semi-humans their members crave. Is there any wonder that the Institution is in decline?
Well, as you might be aware from things you have read either here or in other venues, I’m not a big fan of this institution. I am a big fan of being relevant, so we are about to take off on a journey where nothing is off limits. In doing so I hope to show that not only are spirituality and life compatible, but that a spirituality divorced from life is little more than a masturbatory ritual. Now, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with a masturbatory ritual as long as the ritual isn’t so complex that it prevents you from engaging in life. There is something wrong with characterizing masturbation as spirituality – it’s dishonest, it’s self deceptive, and it can cause blindness (ok, two out of three ain’t bad).
Hang on to your hats, we are off to the races!