I’ve been listening to J. D. Walt quite a bit recently. If you’ve ever spent any time in good conversation with Walt, you’ll hear the term Two Stories come up. I’ve posted recently about that, so you’ll have to go back to that post to see what that’s about. My mind has thought more in a literary sense about how stories proceed. It always seems to point to an element of climax (or crisis). For the moment, lets call it crisis.
Crisis can be an interesting word. We all know about crisis in the negative sense, such as bombs going off, mass genocide, or critical mass of peeps in a running microwave. It is panic, chaos, and utter destruction. Just look at the creation and fall account in Genesis.
God pulls creation out of an insane existence. God creates and guides creation to make things.
And God calls it good, beautiful.
Now look at the Fall (for a better example, check out the Tower of Babel story). Man thinks, I can do something cool. And not just that, I can be God, I can live life without him and it will be okay.
And God saw it and said, “NOT COOL!”
And lets be honest, if you created something and had a wonderful system set up and then something inside defied that intricate function of beauty, wouldn’t you be a bit upset? I know I would be disappointed at the very least. I can’t help but feel sorry for God, since he probably felt a sense of loss. Everything He once associated with can no longer associate with Him.
Everything He found most beautiful was now out of sync with Him.
And I’m sure God sighed a sad breath.
Like a Shakespearean Romantic Tragedy, except in this case, Othello would know the truth instead of a lie and would be justified in taking extreme action. But He wouldn’t want to starting thrusting his dagger.
It sounds like the end of the world is imminent (which happened in a way with the flood), but God has promised and fulfilled that promise. The Old Testament looks forward to the Christ that the New Testament reflects.
Christ, the man, who was God, lowered himself, only to be taken higher than any man could dream.
Now for the second type of Crisis. The point of opposing the normal. The Super-natural reversal. In the greek krisis or krinein, it is oriented around the word decide. Things are shaken. It is a time of the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, and even the dead walking the streets. That would be crisis, since the events are calling for decisions about what is happening. Is it good or bad? Am I for or against it?
The story of Adam is the story of man lifting himself up as God and probably feeling more alive, whether individually or communally. And God sometimes brings them down, but mostly, the curse is something that is self imposed.
The story of Christ is the story of Man high above, lowering himself to a servant, then dying. But then, CRISIS, the dead walks the streets and preaches from mountain tops.
And everyone must decide if it is good or bad.
Are they for or against it.
What story is our story?
Is my crisis my downfall, like some Greek Tragedy?
Or is my Crisis actually the lifting up out of my downfall?
What’s your story?
Grace and peace.