I’m not good at vacation. I was supposed to be posting b-sides this week, but instead I got all fired up about Easter. So fired up in fact that this is part one of three reflections about Easter in my usual non-traditional, non-devotional style.
Easter is the time we reflect most poignantly that we killed God when he came down to earth.
And I don’t mean we are the ones who put him on that cross because we sinned and fell short of the glory of God. I simply mean we, as humanity, had God in our midst and we didn’t just write him off or merely call him a nutjob, but we actually killed him for what he spoke of and stood for. We killed him for it – that’s how badly it violated what we believe.
They killed Jesus because they didn’t like what he had to say, they killed him because he was doing all of these things in God’s name that didn’t seem like how they understood God to be. A God who wouldn’t pick up the sword, a God who granted mercy to adulterers, a God who hung out questionable people, a God who even violated God’s own law!
Jesus showed us a very different God than how the Jews understood him. Jesus went out of his way to correct our misconceptions and turn them on their head. I think in many ways we just couldn’t believe it – it didn’t seem right, and so we’ve re-misunderstood God. We flipped God back around to that primitive understanding of God. Though we are a religion based on this Jesus who corrected all these crazy misconceptions of God we reconstructed God to make sense again.
Would we still kill God today? I think so. Though we had the opportunity to be corrected, I still think we’d yell blasphemy and eliminate him.
We’d tell him he can’t forgive those people, and we’d list the 4 different sins they’ve committed that are beyond the line (statutory rape? murder?).
We’d tell him he can’t grant them mercy – they’ve done this horrible thing, they’ve been manipulating and abusing and milking the system.
We’d tell God that love really isn’t the way – it’s just too slow, it’s just too hard, it’s just doesn’t get the job done.
Do you think we’ve advanced much since Jesus corrected our misconceptions or do you agree we rightsided the upside down God that Jesus showed us? Do you think we’d kill God today if we had the chance?