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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lent 35 - a miserable representation of Christ

“I would never speak about faith, but speak about the Lord himself - not theologically, as to the why and wherefore of his death - but as he showed himself in his life on earth, full of grace, love, beauty, tenderness and truth. Then the needy heart cannot help hoping and trusting in him, and having faith, without ever thinking about faith. How a human heart with human feelings and necessities is ever to put confidence in the theological phantom which is commonly called Christ in our pulpits, I do not know. It is commonly a miserable representation of him who spent thirty-three years on our Earth, living himself into the hearts and souls of men, and thus manifesting God to them.”
― George MacDonald

another Sunday
another day
and yet another

voices from every direction
speak about God
speak sometimes, in their own minds (not mine), for God

and in the mix of words
in the soft tones
and harsh tones

in the words of love and judgment

an image is there but so blurred
as to be almost un-seeable
certainly unrecognizable
a phantom of sorts

and meanwhile the addicts still us
the lonely still walk alone
the hurt look futilely for comfort

the for God we present is lost in our speaking
in our theologizing
the God who is no god
the Christ who is merely a construct of our own
ideologies, fears, and biases

perhaps we talk too much
think too much
perhaps all we have to do is point to a life
that life
those words

When Christ says he is ‘the way’
he means he illustrates the way
God is
the way we are to live
and in that way shows us the way to love and peace

God is still ready
To live himself into the hearts and souls of men

keep it simple, seeker

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