One of my long-term projects that I have hardly begun to work on (OK dreams rather than “projects”) is to address the theology of aging. As far as I can see no work has been done on the part the process of aging and decay plays in the divine economy. Having long sat at the back of my consciousness I’ve recently begun to think I might actually get to work on this next year.
So it was with great interest that I read Joseph Black‘s excellent post: I’m Sorry but Jesus Does Not Make Anybody Whole, in which he points out that perhaps through popular worship songs and hymns (because “whole” rhymes with “soul”?) the claim that Jesus makes us whole has entered our theological vocabulary.1 It is simply not true, as Joseph Black says, indeed the opposite is true, God makes us unwhole, we decay. The longer we live (on average) the worse we decay, body first and then the mind. At least in this life Jesus does not make us whole, life is not about becoming whole, but perhaps (as he says in the post2 ) it is about learning to love despite our brokenness.