As we all know, Rod has just been tearing it up here at Political Jesus with his prophetic series on syncretism between Anabaptist and Black Liberation Theologies (AKA #Anablacktivist!): see Anabaptist Theology & Black Power: An #AnaBlacktivist Manifesto
I’d like to take this time to bring to your attention a song I’ve known for a couple of years now and I’ve always known it as an beautiful, maybe even adorable ( featuring a group of young girls doing mature vocal runs) with raw vocals. The song entitled “Lukewarm” by Grace , coupled with Rod’s Anablacktivist series has caused me to see the issue of being a “lukewarm” believer in a new light. Of course, in the American Protestant Church, being “lukewarm” has traditionally been understood as being “on fire for the Lord!”. Especially in Pentecostal/Charismatic congregations, it would seem as though this is used as a sort of justification /motivation for revivals and revival season.
Looking at this within the context of liberation theologies, especially, being lukewarm, seems to mean the aligning of the church – a group of theoretically prophetic, “salt of the earth” , confessing believers- with worldly forces of empire. Perhaps being lukewarm is , moreso, serving the infamous “two masters” (both God and money)… Perhaps the greatest rejection of a lukewarm spirit, then, is seen when Christ is on his fast in the desert and is tempted by the Enemy by visions of opulent, immense empire. In rejecting this temptation, Christ sends the message that no one true child of YHWH may straddle the fences of empire and the peaceable kingdom. The American Evangelical Church could be said to be quite lukewarm in their inconsistent endorsement of “christian values” to preserve Constantinian civil religion. Often seen as an admonition of
earthly pleasures and fear of “loss of salvation”, I believe that in rejecting the lukewarm spirit- we are liberated to commitment to Christ’s Kingdom. Could the lukewarm spirit even go further to apply to the balance between narrative theologies and historical context (as defined in Rod’s Anabaptist/BLT series)? Can one truly bear the fullest righteousness/desires of the YHWH by a commitment to only narrative theology but not its historical context…or vice versa?( only acknowledging history of Scriptures while ignoring how they might apply to the particularities of contemporary communities around the world) Something to meditate on- these young ladies say it best: