more subversive thoughts
Coming out of the previous post, I guess this is my week for subversive, contrary, and generally surly thoughts about our faith practices. I suppose I could say that they’re a penetrating and incisive look at how we practice our Christianity in the early part of the 21st century, but I’ll let you decide how to characterize.
I’ve noticed that many times when the subjects/doctrines of salvation and hell come up, one name often comes up as well. It usually comes up embedded in a question worded something like, “Well, do you think he’s saved?” or, “How about him? He was a good man, but…” Mohandas Gandhi (or Mahatma, for “great soul”) is usually the top pick for a really good person who was also a non-Christian and therefore…what? That’s the question, isn’t it?
Well, I just ran across this site and this quote from Gandhi, “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” I guess the Mahatma was as unsure of us as we are of him. If we could just stop continually thinking about hell and who’s going there, and more about this moment and who’s in it with us, I do believe we’d kill many birds with one stone. And wherever Mohandas is, if the Christians he ran into had been thinking this way, he’d have one less memorable quote to his credit.
By the way, the site is called Antithesis. Seems to be only one page to it–not sure what it’s all about, though it does seem to be making a point.