I don’t know Luke Pearson, but I love this piece.
This is basically what Karl Rahner called original sin. This is why Jesus says not to judge.
It’s a fine predicament we’re in, isn’t it?
How to make sense of the Christian idea that Jesus somehow saves us from the aggregated brokenness of the universe and the aggregated brokenness in us?
I suppose it has something to do with getting broken himself. Something to do with the radically subversive idea that it’s God and not broken systems by which our hearts and stories are known. Something to do with his life as a displaced, marginalized Jew under the Roman Empire, and something to do with his life as God among us, God displaced and marginalized. Something to do with definitions of power and freedom and success that have nothing whatsoever to do with the secular sacraments of wealth and status.
Jesus, in his brokenness, and his elevation of brokenness, makes it okay to be broken. When we come to the end of our shame, when we lay aside the idols of image and facade, when we say, with Jesus, our shit just ain’t together in the world’s eyes, we can start to heal. And health, health does not equal invincibility. We’re no more impervious than Jesus on the Cross. In the Cross, we are called to be fully human, giving up the trappings of moth-bitten praise and rusted-out power. In the Cross we are free to be broken, and then, free to rise.