Monday, January 05, 2004

Kneeling to the "Lord"

While on a spiritual retreat at a Franciscan friary, reading about the Lordship of Jesus in N.T. Wright's "What Saint Paul Really Said", I noticed time after time worshippers enter the sanctuary and then bow on one or both knees before sitting to pray. And they would bow again before leaving.

The Lordship of Christ is an affirmation or our fundamental allegiance to Him, a politically charged proposition, making a claim on us above all other rulers (economic/political/social/class). As a good evangelical I’ve been raised with an apolitical, ahistorical, individualized and privatized gospel. So why physically kneel when Jesus loves me and lives within me?

I didn’t kneel when I entered, but I did when I left.

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