Miniblog #149: I’ve No Good Answers for How to Replace a “Relationship with God”
After my most recent entry about how I don’t have a “relationship with God,” a well-known blogger and Facebook friend inquired what I would propose as an alternative. It’s a solid question. Coming from a lot of people that may have annoyed me. I deeply respect this guy, though. 1.If you’re new to my blog, here’s a pair of posts that help frame my perspective here:
- A Relationship with God? (Canterbury Trail Series)
- Miniblog #148: According to NPR, I Don’t Have a “Relationship with God” He has a rigorous mind, compassionate heart, humble spirit, and genuine love for his neighbor. A rare combination, indeed. He’s by no means a rigid pragmatist, but if I’m challenging the standard model he’s curious what I’m replacing it with. The trouble is, I don’t have a good answer. Honestly, I’ve not the foggiest clue where to go from here. This journey feels a bit like a person who has come up to a high, chain link fence separating two sides of an alley between adjacent buildings. I’ve tried to find a gate. There’s no gate. I’ve tried to scale it. There’s barbed wired atop it. I’ve tried to cut through. There’s no wire cutter available. I’ve tried to tunnel under it. There’s solid concrete below. I’ve tried to climb over it by piling things next to it. There aren’t enough stackable items. And I’ve considered finding an alternative path, only to be told this is the only way forward. Confounded and exhausted, I’ve sat down to think. That’s where I am. Inspirational, right? I wish had good answers. I wish I could write something like, “Evangelical Christians tend to uphold a sort of ‘relationship with God’ that I find to be not only without much biblical warrant but also most spiritually unhelpful. What I’ve come to affirm instead is…” But I got nothin’. I’m increasingly coming to suspect this will be the great enigma I spend my life attempting to solve, and I have to confess that I’m none too pleased about it. <– Cue the Debbie Downer/Bob Bummer noise.