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, September 26, 2015

God is Crazy

You are a mess, and you are loved.
You have a little issue with anger, and you are loved…
You think we are going through this alone, but you are wrong, and you are loved
The thing you are experiencing right now seems to big, but what is better is that you are loved.
                                                                From Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book  Accidental Saints, p.167

we think we understand god
but we don’t

we talk about God’s justice
and we talk about Jesus needing to experience God’s wrath
to experience God’s justice
because God must satisfy justice
and placate the rules

and thus someone has to pay

but that is because that is how we look at it
we would have to get our vengeance
we would have to make sure people were
held accountable
for what they have done or not done

that is how we think
just look at our overcrowded prisons

is that how God thinks?

we think we (and everyone else)
has to earn God’s love
so we stumble through life, looking over our shoulders
wondering if we are being “good enough” for God
worrying about
the consequences of failure

will we be cursed somehow
will we end up
burning in the fires of hell for all eternity

because that is how we think

is that how God thinks?

we look at everything from our perspective
and we limit God

and in limiting God
we become as judgement and angry
and hurtful
as the God we create

but we are told
by none less than God
“my thoughts are not your thoughts
 my ways are not your ways”

what we see in the man

Is that God is more than willing to throw the rules
away (out of the proverbial window)
for the sake of love
the cross is more profoundly about love
and modeling the way of love than about justice

and God is more than willing to overlook our worst
for the sake of love
so God invites to the table
the dregs of humanity
come to the table, come to the feast!

God is crazy in love
with us

God is crazy

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