When I was young I believed God was near. But then I grew up. The world was too broken for a near God. And the Church was part of the problem:  judgmental, comfortable with the status quo, racially fragmented, and just another pawn of politicians.

At some point in all this, I abandoned a theology of nearness. God, if he was at all, must be a bit distant.

And in place of a theology of nearness, I picked up a theology of justice. I found in the Bible a vision of God’s care for the poor, the foreigner, the lost, and even the enemy.

But then, something happened.

God kind of “showed up”, God came near to me in a new way.

And it got me wondering, could it be possible I was being called to both a theology of nearness and a theology of justice?

Did the old Holy Ghost, who whispered to us as children, ever whisper to people about fighting the roots of war? Did this presence of God ever move people to repent of systemic racism? Did this goodness of God ever bring healing to people the Church wouldn’t have expected?

Join my family and I as we learn to follow our near God, revealed in Jesus, who says “the Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”

The Wind Vane Project is our family, in an Airstream trailer, making films about The Holy Spirit and justice. Thanks for watching!

Fred Sprinkle,
Director at The Wind Vane Project

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