When the Western world accepted Christianity, Caesar conquered; and the received text of Western theology was edited by his lawyers . . . The brief Galilean vision of humility flickered throughout the ages, uncertainly. In the official formulation of the religion it has assumed the trivial form of the mere attribution to the Jews that they cherished a misconception about their Messiah. But the deeper idolatry, of the fashioning of God in the image of the Egyptian, Persian and Roman imperial rulers, was retained. The Church gave unto God the attributes which belonged exclusively to Caesar. –Alfred North Whitehead

The brief Galilean vision of humility was officially rejected by the Church and its lawyers. Rather than listening to Jesus’ words about the God who desire mercy and not sacrifice the Church gave in for the self serving, idolatrous temptation to lord it over both people and God. The words ‘get behind me Satan’ was misinterpreted as a call for hierarchical structures and sacrificial practices, and thus led to a kind of blindness to differences, even within the Church’s own ranks, and God was believed to be confined by the lavish cathedrals that reached almost up to the heavens. However, this is not the entire story because the Christ-event has subtly kept unfolding in the catacombs throughout history and I believe that it still does. My hope is for his vibrating Spirit to work through our lives as we seek to situate ourselves together with those that are being sacrificed. In contrast to Peter, as he was questioned about his relationship with Jesus, we should desire to say that we know all of the least of these. This is obviously an impossible task but we should believe in impossible possibilities because we believe that with God all things are possible.

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