Who will get to heaven? Look who has the power now!

Scott McKnight highlighted the recent article in USA Today entitled Saving the E-Word. While i think the article is interesting, the link to another article entitled Who will get into heaven was slightly more telling. The article incorporates the voice of Phyllis Tickle who, very interestingly, points out the importance of the semanitics used when conducting the survey. I wonder if the exact survey were conducted in Europe, what the percentages would be or how many people would say, ‘heaven?’ Or maybe Africa or India. Geez, how about China??
Even more interesting though, is the other link in the side bar which simply reads: Women: More Open to Paranormal
If this is true, shouldn’t women be allowed greater portion of spiritual authority within our communities of faith? Shouldn’t those who are more in tune with the spiritual realm be given that voice in the authentic community seeking to follow after a practical and yet deep spiritual God? How can we continue to empower those in our communities who have different gifts with different forms of headship/authority? If this happens, will man get upset with God for his loss of power in the traditional religious setting? Will the once in power be upset with the newly empowered? Might the below image be how a man feels like responding to an image of God who once gifted him with total authority, but now seems willing to distribute spiritual authority to others? And might this too be the image of how traditionally “E” Christians want to respond to a God who distrubutes the power and place of heaven to other religions? Or could it be the way that so many within Christianity treat the image of God in other Christians who question thier preconceived notions of how to get to heaven? Indeed, regardless of who is right, should we treat each other with such contempt? With such hatred?
Either way, the perceived axis of power in the world of Christendom is changing…and I thank God for that. Lead on global South! Lead on Belle! Lead on deep science! Lead on Jesus!
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3 thoughts on “Who will get to heaven? Look who has the power now!

  1. “Even more interesting though, is the other link in the side bar which simply reads: Women: More Open to Paranormal
    If this is true, shouldn’t women be allowed greater portion of spiritual authority within our communities of faith?”
    I’m not interested (now) in debating the amount of authority that should be given to/held from women, but I will say this – being open to the paranormal does not equate with having the tools needed for spiritual leadership.
    Imagine you work in a corporation with a CEO who gathers around himself the best people in the industry, and listens openly to their views as he makes his decisions. Looks good, right? Now imagine that your CEO is surrounded by people who know very little, and most of what they do know is wrong – dangerously so. He listens to them carefully and bases all of his decisions on their advice, ignoring the truth he does know and his own gut instincts. He’s very open; he’s also a fool.
    Openness without discernement, wisdom, and an ability to take input critically and discriminate is not what I’m looking for in my leaders.

  2. Good point darryl-
    I guess i was more expecting that some amount of discernment and wisdom was existing. I was thinking about the “openness to the paranormal” in the context of good accountability.
    I mean you can be open to anything and it still not make sense. Especially if you consider some of the core target groups for recruitment of most extremist groups today. They are looking for the vulnerable, for the open.

  3. It’s a fine line, and one of the toughest parts of leadership, I think – not just in a spiritual setting. If you get it right, everybody loves you. But it you get it wrong, there is always someone to say “I told you you shouldn’t do it that way”. And “well, I just did what he suggested” is not going to wash, either.
    I want to be far more open than I am to the truth, and far less open than I am to lies. Still working on how to actually put that into action, though…

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