“We do not need to be saved from God. We need to be saved from our sins, from the hate, greed, prejudice, and violence that have roots in every human heart and found collective expression through the religious and political powers that killed Jesus.”
– Chuck Queen (Baptist Minister in Frankfort, Kentucky, United States. Author of the blog “A Fresh Perspective”)
Although there are some aspects of Chuck Queen’s theology that I disagree with or subjects I think he treats to lightly I respect the man a great deal. He is able to eloquently draw a readers attention to important mistakes in Christian Intellectual History.
As prominent psychologists may speak of a collective consciousness maybe we as Christian thinkers should speak about a “Collective Christian Consciousness”. The reality of being a human is that we sometimes function on a meta-premise level.
Somewhere along the line the general North American & European meta-view of God became one of terrifying and judgmental. It is true that scripture gives witness to a God of frightening power and incredible vengeance yet this is within a greater context.
We as Christians need to address this issue and replace the meta-view of God with the God who preached the Sermon on the Mount, the God who said he was the same as the starving, the stranger, the poor, the sick, and the prisoner. Only when we as people associate the word “God” with “Love” have we succeeded. The kind of love that when you think about it you smile and feel less burdened and dreary. The kind of love that makes you weak at the knees. The kind of love that reminds you what life is all about. The kind of love that inspires you. The kind of love that makes you really smile. The kind of love that makes you love back.
God does not want human suffering and when we think of him as such and create a world system around that we end up in the same world that we have now. One in which violence and prejudice run rampant. One in which power and dominion are wide spread. It is not the world of Jesus who lived a life of life of humility, prophetic courage, compassion, nonviolence, and self-giving for the good of others. Jesus died the way he lived and his death drew attention to a meta-background that attempts at any turn to snuff out the light.