Two years ago, in an interview with Reform Magazine, Stanely Hauerwas of Duke Divinity was asked the following question: “What for you is the center of Christianity?” Hauerwas replied:
“Jesus is Lord and everything else is bullshit!”
When the interviewer hemmed and hawed, wondering aloud if his editor would allow him to print the famed theologian’s response, Hauerwas clarified:
“Its’ true though. Jesus is Lord – but there’s a lot of other claimants for that title – most importantly, me.”
So what do you think? Do you think most modern Evangelicals agree that the claim of Jesus as Lord necessarily reduces everything else to “bullshit?”
And what about his claim that we – you and I – are the one’s that compete with his Lordship? Do 21st century American Christians see their own quest for personal autonomy as a counter-claim to Jesus’ rightful claim to be the king of creation?