God on a throne was fine during the era of kings/queens/subjects, but that age has passed and even the kings and queens who still remain…they are a different breed than their foremothers/fathers.
Churches like the Catholic Church which rely heavily on the God/throne image are in major crisis as the media exposes all their warts, past sins and present vulnerabilities. Suddenly the God which knew everything and kept everything under control…that God is no longer!
It’s Okay! We don’t need to be afraid and neither do the Churches. God was never on the throne. God was always on the edge…with the prophets, leading us by surfing the moment and seeing more in it than we ever could see.
The Good News is “Do not be afraid” because God has always been on the edge where we are now…interacting with us and the universe, calling forth and being called forth…never forcing, never dominating, ever interacting with us wherever we happen to be in our dreams of what is real.
These days, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions are waking from their dreams of what is real. In earlier times, people needed religious institutions as the educated advisors on how to live. Now, many people realize they don’t need religious institutions to tell them what to do or how to do it.
Today we need a different Church…one which helps us live on the edge the way God does..without fear so we can let go our defensive posturing and engage each other with a modicum of trust.
This new theology of God-on-the-Edge must hold “not knowing” as sacred as knowing. It must hold “letting go” as sacred as “holding on” and separateness as sacred as oneness, for ego is as important as spirit…that we might know the greatness of who we are, as well as the humbleness of our dependence on each other and the universe.