I’ll post a review sometime this week, but I wanted to post a short thought which I had after reading one of the sermons in this book.
Bevere reminds us of two things about Esau (this is taken from the third sermon in the book, entitled, Giving Birth to What is Right). First, through Grace, Esau was given a birthright. He didn’t earn it, but because of his birth, it was given to him. This seems to be the definition of Grace, isn’t it? Second, Esau was not an individual, but through the giving of the birthright, which is the promise made to Abraham by God, he had a responsibility to all those who came after him. Bevere insists that because of Grace (birthright), Esau had certain obligations to fulfill.
I have to take this, and in narrative fashion, wonder if the Church is not becoming an Esau?
Are we, especially those of us born to Christian parents, raised in a Church-like setting all of our lives, partaking of the richness of the Christian experience in such a way that it shows our appreciation for the double gift of Grace given to us? We are fortunate, we many, we disheveled community, to be born in a relative Christian country, with Christian families, and Christian churches as far as the eye can see with free access to Scripture and other theological tools. We have even democratized Christianity, to make it more palatable to our pluralistic notions best summarized as simply being starved, allowing that a bowl of porridge will tide you over until the next meal. Sometimes I get the feeling that Christianity will only survive when we cease trying to be still be Christian and become Christian. When we begin to live the Gospel message, instead of just listening to others debate it.