I first got into this Jesus thing 16 years ago. I was 30 years old. How this came about can't be ascribed to my cultural experience. In fact, in my earlier years I was attached to a military patrol boat where I took active leadership in persecuting Christians. And the 19 years prior to that I had been given great reason to believe that life was about survival. Nothing more.
In that fog of life I had read many books. So many books that I can't even remember them all. They were considered the best books. I was searching for meaning. I continued this through a history degree, life, and writing. That was my mode.
Then after 30 I continued in the same way. What is this new meaning applied to me (like a newborn child - the love can't be contrived. Just doesn't work that way)? I walked through this with many more books, family life, work life, 60 hours of graduate work in theology, and a 3.5 years adoption saga in Ukraine. I have read, taught, thought, and lived this faith of mine to this moment.
You know what? Looking around this landscape of life so much, pondering it all, I have come to a bottom line theology that has application. This core theology is not just an understanding. This theology, in terms of application, is necessary in our media mis-information saturated world. Necessary for our crippled, dysfunctional, and marginalized faith. It is what it is, what it has always been.
Before introducing this statement, I want to challenge any theologian to discredit the biblical integrity of the statement. Once that is established, they can take note that the explicit nature of the statement is needful to fulfill the statement - that is, to show the depth and validity of the faith and truth that we profess.
Theological Statement for the Church:
If Jesus is not bigger than a beer or a swear word - then none of us are drinking enough, and we're all fucked.
Theological Question to the World at Large:
How cool would it be if there was a God to worship who wasn't so small and petty that you couldn't fit him into your pocket? There is.
Yeah. That's the deal.