Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blogging through the Orthodox Heretic, day 1

As part of my Lenten discipline this year, I will be reflecting on a little book by Pete Rollins called The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales. It is a collection of 33 parables, written to push us to think more deeply about what it means to follow Jesus. The publisher, Paraclete Press, has offered to send 7 additional parables from Pete to fill out the 40 days of Lent for anyone willing to blog trough the book... so here we go.

The first parable is of a person arrested and tried for being a Christian. In spite of records of church attendance, a well read Bible, Christian CD's and even a diary, the person is found not guilty. When asked why, the judge replies that any true follower of Jesus would be involved in changing the world. As the suspect is not, that individual must not truly be a Christian.

It is a hard parable... but one which certainly sets the tone for Lent. It raises multiple questions... If I was to truly give myself away, what would that look like? Can I follow Jesus while also benefiting from the status quo? What does it really look like to follow Jesus where I live? and the questions go on...

1 comment:

Helen Rivera said...

Wonderful, look forward to it. Thank you for sharing!