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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.

 

The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.


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Friday
Oct222010

Why Kevin Deyoung is wrong on Belhar...

'I’m not opposed in principle to a new confession. But a new confession should clarify some issue that is begging for clarification. While there may be pockets of insensitivity regarding race in our denomination, I don’t see where we are facing anything remotely close to the situation that prompted Belhar in South Africa in the 1980s. We do not honor the anti-apartheid cause by equating our situation to theirs.'-Kevin Deyoung

Of course the situation is never critical or even remotely important for those calling the shots. There is no hurry to bring this concern for an end to racism and injustice to the front burner when you have pressing concerns of theological nitpicking to address. Pastors or politicians (sometimes they are so similar) who drag their feet on issues in order to give time for a better or more complete perfect statement would never table the discussion if it was addressing their salaries or benefits package. It's as Bruce Hornsby once sang, 'just the way it is' for people. We always think of ourselves first. If the issue doesn't confront us directly better to table it for another time.

It was the Reverend Martin Luther King that once so insightfully framed a similar issue at another time with profound clarity:

"Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed...

Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant 'Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

-taken from 'Letters From A Birmingham Jail' by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

To deny that the mostly white denominations of the CRC and RCA are the privileged is pure poppycock. They are somewhat closed systems dodging responsibility under the guise of maintaining theological purity. They still promote their own from within. And it is really too bad...while the privileged wait for the 'right' time oppression continues across the globe beginning 'at home'.

Didn't Jesus come to lay down His life as a ransom for many. Aren't the politically and economically oppressed among 'the many'. Isn't the greatest of these the servant of all?

I guess not. In America the greatest is the most comfortable, the economically favored, the safest, and the segregated and the sequestered.

I am so grateful the RCA listened to other voices than the 'Kevin DeYoungs' of the denomination and adopted this confession. I don't believe it is as one writer critiqued 'pandering'. I believe it is a God inspired attempt to follow the 'good news' of the Christ. I applaud their stand. I hope their sister denomination (the CRC) will step up as well.

 

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