I was reminded of an important little book I read a couple years ago when I was asked today by someone if I could suggest a book that might help explain something I mention here on my blog from time to time. Orientation...Disorientation..Re-orientation. Without any thought Religious Nuts Political Fanatics by Robert Vagacs came to mind. It's a look into the music and message of U2. While reading this book I was introduced for the first time to Walter Brueggemann and the idea that disorientation is such an integral part of the path to freedom in God. I read this book at the time I had began to hear an invitation to step out of what I had always lived hanging onto and to walk out into a place where I had nothing to hang on to other than Jesus and what he was speaking in the moment. I learned that the disorientation wasn't something to be afraid of but it was refusing to accept it as a part of the process that had always kept me in the shallows trying to grasp the words and life of Jesus as concepts to work and yet on my most honest days I knew deep down inside I was very frustrated trying to make it work.
On the other side of Disorientation, Re-orientation awaits and in the place of re-orientation real hope and faith is birthed. Beliefs fail us when we accept and embrace disorientation and that is a very scary thing for the religious person who has been trained to demand and expect certainty. But what do we want? A set of beliefs or faith? Disorientation is real, and it's not a formula. It is what it is...a place to face reality, a place the game we've been playing comes to an end.
Here is something from the book:
"For the person in disorientation, reorientation is not anticipated. It arrives suddenly and surprisingly, without predictability, and is to be received as a radical gift. The only fitting response is amazement."