bid me come and die

...The status quo is too alluring. It is the air we breathe, the food we eat, the six-thirty news, our institutions, theologies, and politics. The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and newborn. Baptism takes us there.

On the bank of some dark river, as we are thrust backward, onlookers will remark, "They could kill sombody like that." To which old John might say, "Good, you're finally catching on."

William Willimon.  Excerpted from "Repent," On A Wild and Windy Mountain. Appears in Bread And Wine: Readings For Lent And Easter.
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