Paul’s letters open windows onto the stories of the early churches gathering in Jesus’ name. and in his letter to Rome, we listen through the open window.
we cry Abba! Parent!
and the Holy Spirit bears witness
with our spirit that we are
children of Holy One,
heirs – all of us – with Christ,
entering his life, and thus
entering the Divine community.
Christ is the invitation into the Dance of Parent, Spirit, Christ, that we have found and accepted.
I have great sorrow with the way Christian doctrine, like that of Trinity, can be turned into a weapon against those who differ from those wielding it.
I write in Embodied Performance about my discomfort with how to receive portions of the letter to Rome, because of its history as justification for anti-Jewish behaviour. In performance – I may have told you, I performed the letter to Rome as part of my doctoral thesis – I couldn’t speak Paul’s thoughts on the place of ‘Israel’ because of this misapplication through the years.
Here, in chapter 8, however, Paul is even less about supercessionism than he is perceived to be in chapters 9 – 11. supersecessionism – the idea that Christians take the place of Jews as the people of God and Jews are condemned to life outside the Dance.