The Christian is defined as a follower of Jesus, and reflection on the experience of following constitutes the central theme of any solid theology. The experience and the reflection alike have for their subject a community that under the movement of the Spirit focuses its life on the proclamation of the good news: The Lord is risen! Death and injustice are not the final word of history. Christianity is a message of life, a message based on the gratuitous love of the Father for us.
— Gustavo Gutiérriez, We Drink from Our Own Wells
I had a long post inspired by this quote, but it was muddled and rambled and contradicted itself.
So, I’ll just post the quote and one more from the book:
Every great spirituality begins with the attainment of a certain level of experience. Then follows reflection on this experience, thus making it possible to propose it to the Christian community as a way of following Christ.
Does this ring true to you?
What is the experience of following Jesus that has given rise to the spirituality known as United Methodism?