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, November 21, 2013

Perhaps it is time for a Revolution

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
― C.S. Lewis


We have got it wrong somehow Lord
somehow so very wrong

we have turned our faith into that proverbial opiate
meant to numb and calm
and allow us to be who we are
who we always have been
to allow us comfort

and so we push through life
not only ignoring the harsh realities around us
but finding ways to use our faith
to justify and even support those realities

and so we wander through the valley

poverty become a judgment on those so afflicted
“they are lazy and do not deserve help” (almost any conservative federal legislator)
Wealth becomes a sign of God’s blessing
“let their fellow workers donate a thanksgiving meal to them” (Walmart)

numbers in the pew become more important that spiritual growth (Mega Churches, more about entertainment than anything)
hiding behind rules and polity, become more important than looking at people
the way Jesus looked at people (UMC)
pushing political power as the way to be Christian more important that serving others in the name of love.

and so we have the oddity
of people wandering around saying  they are Christian
and saying and doing such un-Christ like things

I love the fact that Christ say he came to bring joy, love, and peace
I hate it when the church becomes a burden, and afflicts people with
Misery, hate, and guilt

It seems that Jesus was right
The more we make things about us
The more we let the ego,
With its agenda of power, wealth and  uber-righteousness
(righteousness defined by those with the power and wealth of course),

The more the church becomes the author of misery hate and guilt
Rather than joy, love, and peace

It seems like the church today is in double jeopardy
that it is persistently going down a path
that afflicts not only others
but in a way we may not yet clearly understand
afflicts the church itself

the path of power (for the church)
and fear (for everyone not like us)
ultimately destroys

perhaps this is why
the church is making the news only for its
its divisions
its erosion

perhaps we need
a revolution
one of those odd revolutions
where love
casts out

and where fearless
because of our connection with God
the Sacred

we dare
abandon our places of power
our trappings of wealth
our moral superiority

and kneel in the dust
having had our own feet washed
wash feet
alongside the creator of the universe

perhaps the world
perhaps others
will look different from down there

I dare say it may not be

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