Back when Jesus ran the ministry that later adopted his name, the call to faith was demanding—and a little nuts. You had to give everything you owned to the poor, and you had to say goodbye to your family for good, and follow him. You had to be able to look at the homeless and see not only yourself, but the kingdom of God. Fortunately for Christians today, that Jesus left the pulpit long ago, taking with him his quasi-communistic principles and wacky restrictions (a turnstile at heaven the size of an eye of a needle? Cuckoo!).The thing that gets me about SOMA's perspective is their balance of righteous indignation and earnest faith. John Spaulding & Co. approach contemporary religiosity with a hermeneutic of suspicion rooted in the stubborn conviction that somewhere beyond the corrupted and co-opted message of contemporary Christianity, there is genuinely transformative and liberating Good News to be found in the life & teachings of Jesus.
The Jesus now in charge, thank God, doesn’t glorify weakness and poverty. Instead, this uberdude embraces wealth and power, swaying national elections, undermining science education, and, ever since his multi-hundred-million-dollar success with “The Passion of the Christ,” making Hollywood beg at his feet. He fills megachurches throughout the land every Sunday and is the driving force behind a $7-billion-dollar-a-year Christian book, music, and trinket industry. He even helped nominate for the Supreme Court a woefully inadequate evangelical whose religion, Christopher Hitchens noted, was the only thing her supporters could find worth mentioning on her behalf.
SOMA Review is, in my humble opinion, the best religious commentary site on the web. The opening zinger of the most recent post:
Posted by Katherine Willis Pershey