The Privy Tower

The Holy Spirit inspired our Leader while he was having a crap.

As you might be aware, if you read my previous posts – I have been reading a book about the psychology of disgust – In the final chapters it goes into depth about “animal reminders” and how we don’t like them.  The above example was given about  Martin Luther and the offense it caused in its day was noted. I added the word crap in here for effect – mainly because I didn’t know what a privy tower was.

I’ll just add another quote….only because I found the wording comical: Becker says:

“Excreting is the curse that threatens madness because it shows man in his abject finitude, his physicalness, the likely unreality of his hopes and dreams. But even more immediately it reprepresents man’s utter bafflement at the sheer non-sense of creation: To fashion the sublime miracle of the human face, the mysterium tremendum of radiant feminine beauty, the veritable goddess that beautiful woment are; to bring this out of nothing, out of the void, and make it shine in noonday; to take such a miracle and put miracles again within it, deep in the mystery of eyes that peer out – the eye that gave even the dry Darwin a chill: to do all this, to combine it with an anus that shits! It is too much, Nature mocks us….”

The reason I bring this up is because homosexuality is listed as one of these “animal reminders”.

I return to my pet topic of homosexuality not because I am trying to justify myself or someone else, I return to this topic because our refusal to acknowledge Gay people as “image of God” is deeply, subconsciously rooted in the offense of the incarnation. Jesus came into this world through the same birth canal that we did, covered in amniotic fluid and blood just like the rest of us – God entirely human, God that shits. This I believe is  the context of the Athanasean creed – not so much trying to defend the Trinity – but rather defending God incarnate which has been offensive since the dawn of Christianity. God comes, links himself so fully to humanity, that He becomes one of us – biological creatures, an animal. Gay people, intersex people, transgender, bisexual people are part of this humanity, part of the biology that Jesus is.

The offense of animal reminders, the offense of the incarnation are taken a step further – the offense of Jesus Body and Blood – given to us in Holy Communion. Many stopped following Jesus when he told them about drinking his blood and eating his body – it is no wonder, blood and corpses are a strong mortality/animal reminder. The Eucharist/Holy Communion is a deep practice, that for one, links humanity, links our local congregation, links me with the the offense of Jesus’ incarnation and death. As long as we exclude one part of humanity from table fellowship we make a mockery of what Jesus set out to achieve. This is most certainly true.

Reference “Unclean” Richard Beck


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