This morning I read this CNN opinion piece.
I found it meandering and passe. A typical expression of the spirit of the age. If there’s a point to it, it’s this sentence fro Baldwin:
If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If freedom is not at the root of life, faith and democracy, then love will not be the fruit that makes us better.James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
This message is, at least to me, bereft of meaning.
What is the freedom of which Baldwin writes? Is it the freedom of a libertarian, the absence of restraint? Is it the freedom to do good or to choose what is right?
This claim to “freedom” is no longer self-evidently true to me.
What does it mean to be more loving? Does it mean unconditional acceptance of any behavior, orientation, or course of action?
This litany of love, freedom, and liberation is unending.
It’s ironic that a culture so enamored with appropriating the words of Christ should overlook the many times the New Testament refers to believers as “servants.”
There is no longer a coherent, shared narrative of the good life in our society.