[T]he “sign” of the kingdom is the very terrestrial vision of a new order where all can “eat and be satisfied.”
Ched Myers, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (224)
The pillars of the liberal establishment, which once made incremental and piecemeal reform possible, have collapsed. The liberal church forgot that heretics exist. It forgot that the scum of society—look at the new Newt Gingrich—always wrap themselves in the flag and clutch the Christian cross to promote programs that mock the core teachings of Jesus Christ. And, for all their years of seminary training and Bible study, these liberal clergy have stood by mutely as televangelists betrayed and exploited the Gospel to promote bigotry, hatred and greed. What was the point, I wonder, of ordination? Did they think the radical message of the Gospel was something they would never have to fight for?
Genesis 1 democratizes the understanding of image so that, in exercising their G*D-given powers, all human hierarchies are to be set aside (a move not welcomed by those in power!).
Terrence Fretheim, “Image of G-d” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible Volume 3: I-Ma
Prophets put forward during their day ideas that the mass of people, including the elite, denounce as impractical and yet at the same time sense to be true. This is what invokes the rage against the prophet. He or she states the obvious in a society where the obvious is seditious. Prophecy is feared because of the consequences of the truth.
Chris Hedges, “Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West”
Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long.
No meaning save what we choose to impose.
This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not G*D who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs.
Then again, we all know what happened to Jesus…
Crucified, brought back to life and turned into a clothing fad.