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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pick and Choose

“We do need to be born again, since Jesus said that to a guy named Nicodemus. But if you tell me I have to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God, I can tell you that you have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, because Jesus said that to one guy, too. But I guess that's why God invented highlighters, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore the rest.”
― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

sometimes it seems
that we are not defined by our faith
as we are defined by our dogma

our faith is about union and communion
it is about the disturbing but empowering presence of the sacred

dogma is about values and beliefs
but more it is about what, among all the words that are in
the sacred writings
we choose to highlight

and about what
when driven by political ideology
economic convenience
and prejudice

we choose to ignore

when we ignore the core the of the message
and “major in minors”
we find that the fruit of faith
is anger and fear
polarization and exclusion

it has to make Jesus weep

(yes I have been reading quotes by politicians, newscasters, and others
 who show clearly that they ignore more of the Gospel than embrace)

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