Are Christians dumb?
I don't know ... but sometimes I think so.
Is this a religious problem?
Or a cultural problem?
Or is it just me?
Am I arrogant?
Or am I dumb?
Or a little or a lot of both?
I've spent 42 years in ministry, but someone recently noted, "time in the saddle doesn't mean anything."
Then I think of writers like Borg and Wright and Crossan and Bass - are they dumb, too?
Well, if everyone's dumb, that's that.
But if only some are dumb, then what?
Are there people who have a more coherent understanding of the gospel?
Of the Bible?
Of religious history?
And how it works in the mind and spirit of humankind?
Is there such thing as learning?
I've spent my entire career in pursuit of learning.
Not that I'm an intellectual - far from it.
Not that I know anything - unlikely that I do.
But I've pursued knowledge.
And books - tons of books ... more than I could ever read, but I've read more than I would have, because of all the books.
But what do I know?
Yet I think to myself, "There must be standards" or do we live in Alice's Rabbit Hole?
There must be some measure of knowledge when it comes to religion.
Is there any kind of reality in our "reality"?
Is there something enduring and true and good?
Beyond the momentary moments of my life?
Our life together?
I don't know.
I think so.
And if there are, then what?
Is there something to know?
And what happens if we don't know?
Are there some who know?
And others who don't?
Then let's get to work.
I guess that's why some called Jesus Rabbi.
He was, after all, a teacher.
Who pointed beyond the common wisdom of the day.
Beyond religious convention.
Beyond the sheep and the goats and the temple.
Beyond land and dietary laws.
I think he pointed beyond the things that make people dumb.
So that folks might know the glory of a living God.
A covenant of peace and wholeness and healing and hope.
A covenant that always requires people to pack up and move along.
Rather than settle down and stay put.
A covenant that requires some rootlessness to be rooted in God.
I think Jesus taught that.
And if he's a living presence, and that may be the case, then he still teaches that.
And by the Spirit, if that be the case.
I don't think Jesus was dumb.