One of the things I think Christians should be known for but aren't within our culture is telling the truth. We live a tragic world where death gets death's way. Of all people we should put disneyland platitudes aside and tell the truth about brokenness and brokenness' destination - DEATH, because we are told "the last enemy to be destroyed is death" (I Corinthians 15:26). The reason we must tell the truth about tragedy and death is because we are people who have been promised resurrection. Resurrection is our hope through Jesus Christ who bodily arose from and conquered death.
For several years I've been intrigued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Benjamin Myers new book Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan WIlliams is out and I'm wondering when I will be able to read it. This quote of Myers from the book posted in Books & Culture fuels my desire to read this sooner rather than later.
"Where moral reasoning tries to evade the tragic dimension, where it posits an unambiguous good, it becomes an exercise in fantasy and a failure to accept that God's grace is at work in the real, damaged world of human experience."