So I posted this video the other day (the ER scene, not "Godweiser") – that scene has been YouTubed to show how "postmodernism doesn’t get it" when it comes to God. I saw it differently, that the alternative being claimed is a legalism and shame-based religion, not the love, mercy and grace of God. I think it’s intelligent people seeing the same thing through different filters – I wanted the girl to be right, to be trying, while other friends wanted to see her faults and uncertainty as being unhelpful. But the ER Episode’s title, "Atonement", speaks to more than just one scene. So here’s a couple of clips from the show, in better context I think, after that opening one I posted last time.
Faith and Certainty are not enemies. Instead, I’ve come to find that they’re hanging out with Doubt and Questions, as well. One of the churchy problems I see is that we want to come across as having all the answers, that it’s a bad thing to have doubt or want to find something more meaningful than what we already have figured out. For all this man’s searching, his "atonement" is to live the life he’s been given the best he can, however that plays out, whomever that might touch. Some will forgive, some will be saved, and in the end it’s him and God trying to figure out what all this means. That’s dangerous and beautiful at the self-same time, isn’t it?
Editor’s Note: If you’re feed-reading, you might need to click through to the actual post to see both clips. Google Reader’s only showing one, and I’m not sure why.