Living out an alternate reality in the midst of the present one.
Piracy is a war-like act committed by non-state actors (private parties not affiliated with any government) against other parties at sea. The term applies especially to acts of robbery and/or criminal violence at sea. People who engage in these acts are called pirates.
What could this possibly have to do with Christianity?
Christianity today has in many ways been coopted by the institution of the church and therefore needs to be renewed, the renewal will come from within, from independent actors who disentangle themselves from the institution and rebel against it, in doing so they may be committing acts, or affirming thoughts, ideas or doctrines that by the institution consider criminal or rather heretical
Peter Rollins write in his book Insurrection that one can live “an alternate reality in the midst of a present one and yet not be defined by it” as the creation of a “Pirate Island”. In the same way we need to create these pirate islands and commit to the fight against systems that control or oppress this fight must be done by christian violence, wich is in the words of Peter Rollins:
Christian violence is the public expression of love; it is that work which ruptures systems of abuse, robbing them of their power and efficiency. It is manifest in the formation of insurrectionary groups that live out a radically different mode of social relation, one that challenges the system by offereing an alternative vision of the world.
It is as Paul says not a battle against flesh and blood but an ideological battle of worldview.
A christian pirate assaults the status quo of this world, of the institutional church with subversive acts of love, stories of a different world, poetry that pries open the dark chambers of the heart, music that crack open the secrets of the universe only to reveal an unknowable mystery.
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