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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Love and Fear

Just finished the book by Rohr.  May have to read it again.  So full of things to think about.  To Ponder.  In this time of anger and hate.  Of war and rumors of war, one thing that Rohr said jumped out at me yesterday.

“I believe fear is almost always behind hate…. For fear to survive, it must look like reason, prudence, common-sense, intelligence, the need for social order, morality, religion, obedience, justice, or even spirituality.  It always works.  What better way to veil vengeance than to call it justice?  What better way to cover greed than to call is responsible stewardship?”

I am going to have to think about this one.  The cloaking of fear, and hate, in the garments of faith.  I think I see this being done.  On both ends of the spiritual spectrum.  And it makes me wonder, how many things do we do out of fear?  How many of our supposedly righteous actions for God, are really about us? And our stuff?

I have no doubt that as people of faith, we seek to do good.
But how many times are our responses really about us, and our fears?
Our greed
Our anger
Our needs?


Oh Lord
I want to be a person run by faith
Who walks through each day, allowing your presence and love to flow through me to the world
But Lord, there is that lurking thing called fear

In fear I become entrenched
In fear I do good things in order to feel more secure in your love
In fear I seek the love and affection of others
In fear I criticize
In fear I hold fast to my possession

But you tell us Lord
That perfect love casts out fear
You are perfect love
And you tell us that you are in us

I know that I will never, perfectly
Be free from fear

Help me to be so full of you
That there is less room for fear

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