This amazing post from Vincible Ignorance expresses a profound truth that resonates within me as I reflect on my experiences over the past two years, or really, throughout most of my life. Consider this:
while Christian liturgy has a tendency toward offering a freedom from our humanity, secular liturgy offers us a freedom to be human. I think both have a place, but at the end of the day, we will not cease to be human – and the suppression of human expression within much of Christianity goes directly against humanity as a whole.
All I can say is “wow.” His post goes on to highlight two songs: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (which I’ve known for a while), and Take Me to Church by Hozier (which I’ve heard before, but never really listened to. Couldn’t stop watching the video:
Vincible Ignorance explains the significance of these songs to him:
Both of these songs highlight the spiritual aspect of one of the most human acts – sex. Sex is the very creation of life – how can it not have spiritual value? And, this is the most despised aspect of humanity within a large portion of Christianity, and has been since its beginning. Through these songs I realized that I’m not rejecting the spiritual, but embracing the human.
That has been exactly my experience – from my church, from my family, I learned that sex was shameful, weak, carnal. Most especially my sexuality. For too much of my life I accepted that, and by doing so, rejected my own humanity. I can’t say it better. Thanks Vincible Ignorance.