Thursday, October 29, 2009

Discipline, Moore-Style


Last week, Michael Moore officially responded to folks who watched his recent movie Capitalism: A Love Story and asked, 'Now what?' His 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now was published on the CommonDreams.org website. I'm struck by how simple many of them are...like Each of us must get into the daily habit of taking 5 minutes to make four brief calls: One to the President (202-456-1414), one to your Congressperson (202-224-3121) and one to each of your two Senators (202-224-3121).

Moore's practicality offers us radical disciples of Jesus an opportunity to practice 'political' disciplines that supplement the usual 'spiritual' disciplines [like prayer, Bible reading, worship singing, etc] that shape our lives. When we call our political leaders, we raise our voices for the voiceless...those that God always sides with in the Biblical narrative: we are lobbyists for the least of these.

Moore has gone on an offensive for progressive Christianity, brandishing his own Catholic faith for the first time in memory. When he was recently on Sean Hannity's program and Hannity asked him if he was a 'Marxist,' Moore shot back: 'No, I'm a Christian.' Progressive Christians have the tendency to accept the terms of Christian faith assumed by their louder, perhaps more mainstream fundamentalist counterparts. We must flip the script and go on a gentle, yet directed and well-communicated offensive for how the biblical witness translates into an earthy, tangible political reality today.


-- Theological Autopilot

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