Though all of Mankind can take solace in the Saul to St. Paul redemptive template, or the “your’s was not the hand that slew” response to Moses when he doubted his mission for having killed an Egyptian soldier, or the “let him with no sin cast the first stone” statement from “The Brand-leader Himself”, still, the following story is not easy for the largely Christian Empire of the globe to keep unprocessed.
The truth is that if the brand of global Christianity with its pastoral, educative, child-care, health advisory and legally binding institutional services along with its property ownership and management of financial services was invented today, it would not be allowed to get off the ground.
Such is the disparity now between the core brand messages of The Founder, such as “give away all your money to the poor and follow me”, and the actuality of the land owning, client abusing, elaborately robed and upper class appearance of the staff when juxtaposed with the actual existential condition of millions and millions of erstwhile Christians, then it is no wonder that the wheels have fallen off the wagon of Anno Domini.
The last scene of “In the Shoes of The Fisherman” strike me as the only answer to a beginning to a journey out of the present global crisis of faith in organised religion – I suggest you search for the clip of the film of the Morris West story, or look at the rest of my blog.
As for Christ …. you’ll find Him on the streets, shoulder to shoulder with the transparently suffering, as usual.