How to keep the faith
after fundamentalism was revealed a power structure designed to subjugate,
All in the name of Jesus
In the spirit of greed, shame, and tyranny.
To this day, it is no longer natural to say, “I believe in God” without wondering if that means I believe in
Systems of exclusion
Prayer for the purpose of imperialism
Worship of drawn boundaries
Spirituality of capitalism
Politicking pastors and priests
But faith must be deeper than the skin of religion or propositional truths of the West
Do I believe in God?
Ask me while my wife is in labor, at the first breath of a new life
Ask me when my grandfather lay dying, pleading the words “I love you”
Ask me as I put a wooden paddle into the quiet waters of Cedar Lake
Ask me at the twilight call of a loon
Ask me when the homeless man tells me he prays every day, and he’ll pray for me
I believe in the spark that lit this soul
In the very first seed
In whatever it is that binds me to you
In the mystery of prayer
In systems of inclusion
In a spirituality of wholeness, nourishment, and equality
In worship as action on behalf of the oppressed and suffering
which welcomes my own story of oppression and suffering
which will beat every gun into a garden shovel
which will turn every corporation into a co-operative
which will transform every church into a neighborhood pub
which will make fellow Pilgrims out of politicians and corporate executives, religious radicals and heretics, rich and poor,
you and me.
This is the place where I can quietly, contentedly say that, yes
I believe in God.