As a child in Sunday School we lustily sang the always boisterous song, “The Wise Man Built His House on the Rock and the Foolish Man …”. The song was acted out, and our favorite part was falling onto the floor. And we had no question which side we were on. I have no truck with the song; I do have to say, though, that the song made play out of what has to be seen as nightmare or celebration. The subject is so serious one has to think that the profundity of it all is extinguished in playful song. Allison calls the ending of the Sermon an “ominous parable.”
Let me return to Kevin Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine: theological truths are not simply propositions to believe but a “script” to be “dramatized” by God’s good people. In other words, the gospel is both proclamation and performance: in fact, the gospel’s proclamation is only fully accomplished in performance. Jesus is saying the same thing: “doers” is his word.
This summons of Jesus however is not law: it is relationship. We are to live with Jesus, and living with him embraces us with God’s grace, and that grace transforms us, and it empowers us to be agents of grace in this world. We live out embracing grace, gracious Christianity, and a generous orthodoxy. “Live out” is the point.
This has been a good series for me; a big thank you to all you readers.
My next series will be two parts: the Muslim view of Jesus and the Mormon view of Jesus.