This brief clip from Father Richard Rohr just completely captures what Christian spirituality (as contrasted with Christian religion, which is not actually spirituality at all) is all about. We are united not by strength, but by weakness. That’s how community is formed. Jesus came and modeled a theology of weakness. Paul confirmed weakness as the source of spirituality, as do nearly all of the martyrs. And yet the path of Christian history has been, and continues to be, a path of strength, political might and maneuvering, striving, and doing all I can to get X and Y for myself (which is nearly always disguised as “my country”).
My gosh folks, have we missed the boat or what? How did we take the suffering servant and turn him into a crusader? I think I know how. The path to weakness is the path through our own fear. Fear is scary and we don’t want to face fear, so we adopt positions of power instead to cover our fear. There can be no legitimate path to union with God when fear is what lies beneath, since fear itself is the antithesis of God.