Let us not mock God with metaphor …

As part of my Easter sermon preparation, I read in The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright. (The book is 817 pages, hence “read in” and not just “read.”) At the beginning of Chapter 18, he quotes these stanzas from John Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter:

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

This seems to me essential. We must not mock God with metaphor. Those of us who would call ourselves Christian must embrace the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ with all the strength we can muster or else like the rich young ruler go away broken hearted. You can read the whole poem at http://www.edow.org/spirituality/updike.html.