Monday, April 8, 2013

Rick Warren, Suffering, And The Incarnation

My wife and I were very saddened when we heard the news of the death of Pastor Rick Warren’s Son, Matthew. There is nothing to be said other than our prayers go out to him and his family. 

As a father, I can not imagine the pain they all must be feeling in this moment.

It’s circumstances such as these that things are put into perspective for me. I hurt for the Warren’s. Period. Such things as theological differences, church denominations, and social stances no longer seem to matter.

Those lines are, at the very least, blurred if not completely demolished.

Pain/Suffering seems to have that affect, doesn’t it?

Pain allows us to see and love people for who they truly are... human beings. 

Not a set of doctrinal beliefs... They are no longer defined by what they think about the bible, God, Jesus, marriage, or what percentage of the human race they believe will be in heaven, if such a place exists. 

Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, Gay, Straight, Woman, Man, Baptist, Emergent... it no longer matters. 

Over the past 24 hours i have seen leaders from every side of the theological spectrum offer up their condolences and prayers to Rick and his family.

You see...




Heart ache...

Connect us as human beings.

It’s something we all have in common with one another.

This also helps me see what Jesus did on the cross in a different light. Pain and suffering are something we (humans) all experience... so what does God (non-human) do?

Takes on flesh and blood...

becomes human... 

and suffers.

God becomes forever connected to humanity by experiencing what we humans experience. 

God now knows what we go through... this experience we call pain.

And God sees and loves us for who we are... not a set of doctrinal beliefs... but human beings.

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