[another excerpt from Brad Jersak’s A More Christlike God]
Yes, Christ is powerless to save, since he’s been crucified to control and coercion. At his temptation he rejected any use of ‘the right hand of power’ to fulfill his mission.
Yes, Christ is mighty to save, since his love is a power far greater than force: the left-handed scepter of enduring mercy….
Only in terms of the Cross is any adequate response [to human affliction] possible. Only in the cruciform God can we truly affirm that God is Love without denying our own capacity for sin, or closing our eyes to the suffering of the world.
– Brad Jersak, A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel(2015)
[This past week, we have been visited by Brad Jersak whose studies have focused on George Grant and Simone Weil. This passage on the importance of understanding a God who steps back to make space for us rather than dominating comes from Brad’s new translation of Weil]:
Religions with this conception of renunciation, this voluntary distance, this voluntary effacement of God, His apparent absence and His secret presence here below … these religions are the true religion, translations of the Great Revelation into different languages. Religions that represent divinity as commanding wherever it has the power to do so are false. Even if they are monotheistic, they are idolatries.
– Simone Weil, Awaiting God