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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

People behaving badly

“What I noticed at Grace-Calvary is the same thing I notice whenever people aim to solve their conflicts with one another by turning to the bible: defending the dried ink marks on the page becomes more vital than defending their neighbor. As a general rule, I would say that human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God.”
Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

when faith is about ink marks on the page
when faith is about the book
and the laws and codes

then faith is about dogma
and ideology

when faith was about ink marks on the page
and not a matter of the heart
the poor were oppressed
the hungry neglected
Israel and Judah fell

When faith was about ink marks on the page
Jesus died

When faith was about ink marks on the page
Peter (the rock) became gravel

When faith was about ink marks
Crusaders marched
the inquisition happened
Natives in the Americas were slaughtered
Mennonites were burned

When faith is about ink marks
The poor are oppressed
The hungry starve
Children suffer
People are rejected and excluded

dogma becomes more important than compassion
people kill other people in the name of God
oppression is made a spiritual discipline

forgive us O Sacred One
for in our protection of you (as if)

religion becomes
people behaving badly

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