the god who drowns

September 9, 2005

in Links, Stories

Waiter Rant: The God Who Drowns

Since God doesn’t come down in a blizzard of special effects to bail us out – we have to help each other. We recognize the suffering of others and are moved to relieve it. We can’t coop ourselves up in our apartments, churches, and mosques wishing all the bad things will go away. There’s no room for childish magical thinking. We have to act. The rescuers of 9/11 and the Gulf Coast understood this without all the fancy theological reflection. Bonhoeffer would say when we help each other that is God helping us. The human heart is moved by weakness not by strength. It is our brokenness, not power, that binds us together. Perhaps our weakness will be our salvation. Maybe that is how God “can be with us and help us.” Who knows? I’m only a waiter.

No, no, Mr Waiter. You are one fucking great writer.


1 Rachel September 9, 2005 at 8:15 pm

Yeah–and he’s a kick-ass theologian too. Contrast his writing with the bile that comes from Pat Robertson’s mouth….

2 September 9, 2005 at 8:30 pm

the god who drowns

the god who drowns

3 Harvey September 15, 2005 at 3:51 pm

That’s some the best writing on God that I’ve seen in years in the religion-soaked country. Many thanks for highlighting more good writing on the Web.

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