As I mentioned in my comments to Brannon in relation to my earlier posting on ‘end times’ – there is a distinct calling to ‘deepen’ rather than ‘move forward’ or ‘enlarge’ our lives in the upside-down Kingdom of God. Unlike some readings of Christendom provided through Prayer of Jabez and other consumer-based neo-theologies – the radical nature of authentic faith is one of deep intimacy of self, other, and God. Too often temporality (time) is tied to a linear progression mapped on a saptial plane vis a vis a ‘ray’ that emanates from a fixed point on a flat plane toward infinity. As opposed to this expansive, empire building (dare I say ‘church growth?!’) model, time provides the opportunity to deepen rather than merely expand.
I am coming back (of course) to Tillich’s theorem – ‘religion is meaning-giving depth (Gehalt)’ – from Über die Idee einer Theologie der Kultur. If meaning is ‘depth’ of import rather than expansiveness of being or collapsing of subject and the Divine (ontotheology ala Heidegger) … then isnt the temporal context (Steve Miller sing-a-long -“time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, tickin’…into the future…”) the methodological context of depth-of-meaning and human freedom (‘Über die Freiheit’) where the enactment of depth is being-in-action?
Or to put the point more directly in relation to jimmy white shoes’ ‘kinder, gentler, ol’ skool language’ – from James 2:17-19 – “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder.”
Sooo – pick up the shovel (or click through on the URL) and dig deeper beyond self…