:: Sunday, August 03, 2003 ::
Hugging a Toilet as a Parable to the Atonement
There is no real good way to clean a toilet without hugging the bowl or the tank or both during at least part of the operation. When this is a community toilet - one that others share with you - your perspective on your neighbors changes. All are human - simply human - united by the exigencies of embodied human life.
In reality, we are united by the part of our lives we are often the most private about - the part we consider "dirty". So when the person cleaning the toilet sets to work, he or she must contend with the dirt of the whole community, and risk becoming soiled him- or herself in the process.
In the same way, God in Jesus Christ fully embraced our fallen humanity so that he could purify us. He united with our humanity and did not turn away when it meant his potential defilement - that was how much he loved us. And on the cross, he turned the place of disgrace into holy ground. I think there's a lot more in there, but that's what I've got so far.
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