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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 10:45 AM
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The God Who Fits Our Agenda: 9/11 Then and Now
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But what is left to say? Havent we done too much talking and not enough listening these last ten years? And havent Christians of all stripes spoken too hastily about the events of September 11? Havent we summoned pious God-talk for our own well-intended purposes, sputtering and stuttering dubious theological explanations for an inexplicable tragedy?

In his beautiful book, Writing in the Dust: After September 11, Rowan Williams suggests that when we try to make God useful in crises, we take the first steps toward the great lie of religion: the god who fits our agenda. Its discomfiting to realize in the immediate and long-term aftermaths of tragedies like 9/11, that we might be committed to a God who can seem useless in a crisis, Archbishop Williams writes. Certainly this wasnt the god invoked after the fall of the twin towers when our leaders summoned the wonder working power of a deity whom we simply assumed would sanction our crusade against global terrorism.

But we worship, in fact, this Sunday and every Sunday, a God whose power is made perfect in weakness. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer knew, only the suffering God can help. The God who is with us is the God who forsakes us. Try putting that one on the churchyard sign sometime.
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