Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 69

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE destination—trauma-torn spirit and flesh will be permanently mended in the redeemed and resurrected newness of Jesus Christ.81 Recovering a Lamenting Faith for the Sake of Survivors Biblical laments, “with all their painful rhetoric, are in reality acts of bol d faith in God.”82 The church, which has never been immune to trauma, is in great need of such bold acts. By including lament in the regular rhythms of corporate worship (especially in corporate readings, prayers, and songs), victims of trauma will be given opportunity to express their pain, anger, isolation, and sense of divine abandonment within a chorus of voices that provide support, the safety of validation, and the hope of the gospel. Furthermore, such practice will introduce trauma survivors among the body to the biblical language of trauma, providing a “library of lament” to resource personal, marital, and small group prayer and therapy. The biblical laments invite us to embrace a theology, anthropology, and devotional posture that are far more biblical than what we have without them. These understandings are critical for churches that seek to conduct worship that addresses pervasive trauma among their members. 81. Rebekah Eklund, Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament (Library of New Testament Studies, New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015), 170–72. “Christian lament joins in with Jesus’ speaking of lament, in longing for the completion of what Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection began—the return of Christ and the full arrival of God’s kingdom” (170). Also, see Parry, Lamentations, 191–193. 82. Estes, Handbook, 166. 68