An Imaginative Incarnation: The Carnival de Resistance

Red Letter Christians | 5/26/2018 | Tim Nafziger
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Repentance is at the heart of our Christian faith. But how and to what? The Greek word translated as repentance is metanoia. It means turning; a transformative change of heart. Jesus put himself squarely in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, challenging those in power to turn away from domination and greed.

Today many of us are recognizing that the world needs a dramatic conversion away from the fossil fuel economy with its runaway model of growth and climate catastrophe. If everyone on earth consumed like we do in the U.S., we’d use up 4 earths worth of resources a year.

Today - Bubbles - Media - Amount - Links

But in today’s balkanized bubbles of social media, we’ve learned that no amount of links and fact-filled posts will convert those we disagree with. We need a deeper, more ancient way.

Cue the Bible sweeping in on stage left, dramatically costumed in branches, baubles, and bright butterflies. Though consumer culture has done its best to Disneyfy away the sacred stories in scripture, they are still there. And the Carnival de Resistance tears back the veil and reclaims their prophetic power to turn us away from our cocoons of consumerism and our idols of security.

Jesus - Stories - Heart - Minds - Parables

Jesus understood that stories are at the heart of changing minds. That’s why he told all those parables. Perhaps only the Mennonites and a few hippies are going to sit through the lengthy Sermon on the Mount and such. But everyone loves a story. And scientists have finally caught up with Jesus. Narrative transportation theory explains that arguments are limited in their power, but when people imagine themselves somewhere else, they are more open than ever to change.

Fortunately for Christianity, the Bible gives us a rich trove of stories that we as people of faith have been telling for thousands of years. But we often don’t realize how much...
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