What if it is time to reimagine the slippery slope?
I was watching a video this morning of Dan Brennan and Spencer Burke talk about male female relationships. It’s a great video and a really great topic that I hope finds traction. How do men and women find wholistic relationships together in community? (Brian McLaren also talks about the sex issue here and has some great points too.)
At 6:00 Dan states:
“We need powerful stories. There are stories in Catholic spirituality spanning every century that are chaste, powerful, intimate friendships where sex was never in the picture. And there are plenty of stories in our day, both in the secular realm and in the Christian realm where men and women are working close, side by side to each other, traveling with each other, spending time with each other…encouraging relationships…without ever falling down the slippery slope.”
That we engage a wholistic conversation around sexuality between men and women is deeply important. But what caught my attention was the last part of the comment. I wonder if we will ever be able to have a wholistic conversation around sexuality until we can deal with our response when someone does fall down the slippery slope. Often we think God is found at the top of the slope, watching us fall into oblivion. But the Gospel finds Jesus at the bottom of the slippery slope.
Can we as a humanity find the conversation of grace that completely re-informs the slippery slope in a way that virtually eliminates the fear behind it? Do we really believe that Jesus is found at the bottom of the slippery slope? Or are we kidding ourselves about the Gospel?
What do you think?