As we wrap up our series on building resistance to isms that cause schisms in the Body of Christ, the last one we have to look at is religious fundamentalism. Christianity is an off-shoot of Judaism; both of these traditions for thousands of years relied on metaphor, analogy, parable, questions, doubt and stretching one’s being to try to understand an infinite, eternal and yet accessible God.
It means changing one’s life, wrestling with issues, moving against the regular grain of society or family or culture or upbringing. And religious fundamentalism throws all of that away. “God wrote it. I believe it. That settles it!” Fundamental comes from the root word fundament, which is guts (or, if we want to be a bit rude, the colon). But as we’ll see Sunday, there’s more to the practice of Christianity than just trusting one’s gut, even though that’s part of it.
In this week’s Echo, Cathy Parker gets a little militant, Linda Wassenich wants YOU to do justice (in an Uncle Sam kind of way), and Paul Johnson channels David Byrne a little to ask, “How can I do this?” Check out a bunch of other great stuff below.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.