In Stanley Hauerwas’ memoir Hannah’s Child, I came across this observation,
The way things are is not the way things have to be. That thought began to shape my understanding of what it might mean to be a Christian – namely, Christianity is the ongoing training necessary to see that we are not fated. We can even imagine a world without war.
There is so much in those few sentences I think. Hauerwas speaks much of contingency and our lack of control despite our intense desire to be in control. What would it be like to submit that desire to the sovereignty of God (in the fullness of the Trinity)?
Somehow I tend to think being training involves a lot more than learning the “rules” and learning to modify my behavior to conform to those rules. Can we imagine under such circumstances the absence of war and evil?
Then imagine what the world would look like if we actually were conformed from the inside out – the soul and not simply the brain. Hmmm, maybe an interesting exercise.
The big question – how do we move into that life of ongoing training?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.