“How can you live with the terrifying thought that the hurricane has become human, that the fire has become flesh, that Life itself has walked into our midst? Christianity either means that, or it means nothing. It is either the most devastating disclosure of the deepest reality of the world, or it is a sham, a nonsense, a bit of deceitful playacting. Most of us, unable to cope with saying either of those things, condemn ourselves to live in the shallow world in between."
When it comes to Jesus, everybody in Nashville has an opinion. We’ll take time in the weeks ahead to look into some of those opinions. For now, consider this: What would a city that was actually courageous enough to reflect upon the possibility of Life walking into our midst look like?
May God give us the courage and humility to consider that city so that we – as a city – would not condemn ourselves to live in the shallow world in between.
N.T. Wright, For All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1997).