Eric has a well articulated, and as I read it, passionate plea for Christians to stop placing so much trust and awe in what our liberal democracy has been presenting to us as “the public square”. I left a comment.
One of the highlights that Eric raises, is summed up nicely in a quote from William Cavanaugh (I assume this is embedded in the essay you identified, The City: Beyond Secular Parodies, which I suppose I will have to read after, or maybe during my read of Graham Ward’s Cities of God (which was scary in the beginning, in the introduction, because I found myself totally lost, thinking “Oh my gosh, is this going to be how densely he writes?”, but the chapters starting with 1 have been much more intellectually palatable, and refreshingly sociological as well as theological). ….
anyway, back to my point about Eric’s points, the Cavanaugh line:
So, as Cavanaugh puts it, instead of being a Church-facing people, we Christians have instead become a stateward-facing people.
Source: Eric’s Tasty Morsels of Thought
Amen to that. Eric’s post effectively elaborates on that. I mentioned to Eric in my comments on his post that this was an encouraging thing to read on yet another Sunday morning when I am “churchless” and at home, looking at and responding to blogs. Sounds strangely ironic that I am encouraged by talk and calls to be “church-facing” while NOT going, but I find in times like these, that short of going out “church shopping” again (Which I haven’t given up on , by the way), that diving into conversations around such things gives me renewed hope that there are such people emitting such conversation and such a desire to see embodied such a people and be formed by such a message. I was just reading a comment Eric made on his pastor’s blog back in September of 2005:
sometimes these virtual spaces do good to remind me of the church catholic in ways I wouldn’t ordinarily receive.
Yes. This is the main good I derive from blogs, particularly when I ‘m not finding face to face conversations like this (except in rare occasions like a trip to Kansas City). Such a church beckons, and I also get it in “putting out there” my reflections on such things as “Becoming the Authentic Church” which I have transferred into an independent set of pages here (under “Church of the Saviour” in the tabs in the header of this blog, below a quote from that booklet written by Gordon Cosby and Kayla McClurg of the Church of the Saviour churches.
But I know that I have a journey ahead that requires an embodied, corporate support (remember, like I said yesterday, this “corporate support” is the body called to be God’s people, into which we are called to be “incorporated”; joined; formed.