Good Friday, 2011

April 22, 2011

Spirituality, Uncategorized

By Charles Redfern

An Infinite Being confronted with horrible but finite Evil could choose from infinite options.  He could sweep Evil and its allies into the fire – and many would cheer until they felt the flame’s heat and met the Being’s glare: their self-congratulatory “goodness” was rationalization and pretext.  They were Evil’s allies, part of the “problem” to be solved.   No one hears their smothered screams.

The Infinite Being could toy with Evil and make it a pet or a zoo animal before starving it – which seems repulsive until we remember Evil’s intrinsic horror.  It’s the force behind Stalin and Hitler and Mao and Pol Pot and the Gulag and the Holocaust and the “Cultural Revolution” and Cambodia’s killing fields – and then it has the temerity to snake back into supposedly “enlightened” circles, posing as a friend and even denying its own existence.  Kill it.  Kill it slowly while it’s on display so we can watch it writhe … But then we remember the flames and the heat and the terrible silence.  Who says we will not be in that cage?

Choices, choices: What does an Infinite Being do with a horrible but finite Evil that swept the creatures He made into its shade?

The Infinite Being opted for weakness.  The Infinite Being opted for darkness.  The Infinite Being chose to wander the world of his wayward creation and to descend into Evil’s depths without falling prey to its mind-cracking grip.  The Infinite Being entered the crowd of those who would have screamed and screamed on their behalf: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  The Infinite Being plunged into the murk of our great antagonist, death, so we would be freed.

We remember the choice of that Infinite Being each year on Good Friday.  We sigh in relief and stand in awe.  That Infinite Being showed us a type of greatness far deeper than mere power.  God chose to be weak, something we can barely fathom until we walk out from Evil’s shade and into his infinite light.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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3 Comments on “Good Friday, 2011”

  1. Louise Says:

    I really like your style ~ great writing! And good honest truth as well, fabulous 🙂


  2. Jessica Mokrzycki Says:

    What a radical love God has, defying all rational conception, acting in a way that we would never find natural but by his grace and love. I, for one, am glad weakness was chosen for it was in Jesus’ weakness and brokenness that God’s strength was poured out into the world, where the veil separating us from Him was torn and redemption’s song was heard as untold chains were broken. What unbelievable freedom there is in our God.
    A great post 🙂


  3. Mary Hudak-Collins Says:

    An excellent reflection on Good Friday 🙂


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