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Among Things in Flux

18 Jan

[This follows up on last week’s post on the Acts of Andrew. Enjoy!]

After Andrew preaches for three days while hanging on his cross, his two-thousand strong supporters rally to rescue him from death. Struck by “the adamance of his thought, the sheer abundance of his words, the value of his exhortation, the stability of his soul” (the list goes on: you get the idea), they run off to the tribunal to protest his execution.

And the people actually win. Rather than face a revolt, the ruling powers release the holy man. And there was much rejoicing, right?

Not from Andrew. Angry and frustrated, he yells at his would-be saviors: “O, how many times I have prayed that I might lift them from these filthy habits… Why this excessive fondness for the flesh? Why this great complicity with it? Do you again encourage me to be put back among things in flux?”

Unwilling to be taken down from his cross, Andrew reads the crowd’s protest at his death sentence as “fondness for the flesh.” Life is fleeting; get out posthaste. He’s shocked that this interpretation of his extended and exhausting preaching sessions didn’t reach his attentive audience.

After such a thoughtful series of questions and reflections on the transience of life, escape is Andrew’s only solution. Instead of offering suggestions on how to live in the messy, ephemeral world, Andrew desires to avoid it entirely.

Suicide is the great answer for those of us “in flux”? How disappointing.