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

Friday, March 8, 2013

He's Radical! This Jesus

He's really radical
this Jesus

when we think of righteous
we often think of law
of rules
and of course
of trying to obey them

which we don't
at least not very well

Ah those pesky 10 Commandments
ah the moral code of God

but Jesus goes far beyond
the boundaries and rules set in the Old Testament
paradoxically he moves beyond all boundaries
and insists
we not only do the logical
and reasonable

but to do what from  a human perspective might well be seen
as illogical and unreasonable
like take care of the sinners
the losers
the vulnerable
the weak

I don't think many of us who call ourselves  Christians 
quite get this

in fact, in America right now its quite the opposite
Christianity, or at least parts of it
have become the champions of judgment 
and harshness

budgets and laws 
scream loudly
'you who are needy,
 you who are poor
 you who are addicted
 you who have made bad choices.....'

YOU deserve nothing
no love
no help

and we side with those who "have"
and indeed reward

and yet there Jesus is 
that radical
"what we do to others, even the least of the others, we do to God" 

Heaven, I think we have a problem!

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