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, April 24, 2018

If I am going to err......

"I am who I am in the eyes of God, nothing more and nothing less." --Francis of Assisi

I am who I am in the eyes of God

ah, but there is the catch
who am I
in the eyes of God?


this can be comforting
this can be terrifying

it all depends
on your understanding of God

some think of God and think of judgement.
they may talk grace,
but in reality their God is rather cruel

do this
do that
believe this
believe that
believe in this name for Sacred
or burn in Hell for all eternity
consciously tortured, forever

Every one is “outside the circle of grace”
Wading in the flames
Except those whose beliefs conform. 
So much for “God is love”

some believe Sacred is much bigger than that

God is revealed
Is made concrete
Puts on flesh, in Jesus
the one who accepted and loved

how inconvenient
when you want to use God against others

but faith in God
is not for the faint of heart

for in reality most of us
live in between those two poles

we do not believe in a God who will consume over 70% of the world in eternal fire
but we also believe in accountability

in the need to live life well

what to do?

for me there is only one choice
to start with love

if I am going to err
it is going to be on the side of love
I would rather love too much
than hate
exclude, and
judge too much

the proof is in the faces
of those who stand on the street with signs that say
“God hates you”

And in the faces of those who look with compassion
on those who are rejected and reviled

if I am going to err
it is going to be
on the side

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