Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

don't do it

“Here’s what I believe: 1. If you are offended or hurt when you hear Hillary Clinton or Maxine Waters called bitch, whore, or the c-word, you should be equally offended and hurt when you hear those same words used to describe Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, or Theresa May. 2. If you felt belittled when Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables” then you should have felt equally concerned when Eric Trump said “Democrats aren’t even human.” 3. When the president of the United States calls women dogs or talks about grabbing pussy, we should get chills down our spine and resistance flowing through our veins. When people call the president of the United States a pig, we should reject that language regardless of our politics and demand discourse that doesn’t make people subhuman. 4. When we hear people referred to as animals or aliens, we should immediately wonder, “Is this an attempt to reduce someone’s humanity so we can get away with hurting them or denying them basic human rights?” 5. If you’re offended by a meme of Trump Photoshopped to look like Hitler, then you shouldn’t have Obama Photoshopped to look like the Joker on your Facebook feed. There is a line. It’s etched from dignity. And raging, fearful people from the right and left are crossing it at unprecedented rates every single day. We must never tolerate dehumanization—the primary instrument of violence that has been used in every genocide recorded throughout history.”
        Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

I suspect we are all guilty at one time or another
I know I have been guilty
And probably will be again (although I am trying not to)

The sin
Is treating the person in front of us
As less than what they are

It is easy to get righteous
And say the other person is less

That is not the same as saying you think they are wrong
People can be wrong
People are wrong
People do stupid things
Say stupid things

They act in ways that hurt others
They lie
They grasp
The abuse

But….. each person
Each person
In between

Humble or arrogant

Greedy or generous
Abusive or compassionate

Is a Sacred Child

In each person the Sacred Dwells
Each person bears the image of the creator

Yes, that image is often blurred
Sometimes radically

But it is still there
And each person has worth

So as we argue on Facebook
Argue across the dining room table
As we march in the streets
Or pass legislation in the halls of Congress

Let us remember
That everyone
Those with the power
And the “least of these”

Are loved by God
Loved deeply
Sometimes painfully

And our job is not to strip them of their humanity
Which is also their divinity
But to try and help them
Through our humility, compassion, patience and love
Find the spark of the divine

And let it shine

I do not do this well
Perhaps very few of us do
But we must remember that whoever it is we are seeing
Accusing, attacking

Is a precious soul
With worth above measure

All we can do if find our own place
In God’s love
And from that place
Seek to pass it on

We will struggle
We will fail

But we can
With the help of the One who dwells within


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