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, August 14, 2018

A global view

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
                                              Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House

Essential selfishness
It is the stuff that politicians sell

It the place from which comes
The darker angels
Lust of power

America First!

It’s all about us

The rest of the world is there to satisfy our rapacious hunger
And they should be happy
To feed us

This plays out at so many level
It is seen in the acts of Congress
In the “minster” who drives up to his megachurch in his $350,000 car

It is seen in the people “packing” in McDonalds
And in the super patriots who cheer the caging of children

It is seen in the desire to “remove” people who are different from our country
In the ability to neglect the vulnerable and the poor
It is seen in the angry faces, and crude gestures of people debasing the press

Some how we think all this power
All this anger
And this self focus
Will make us strong
Keep us safe
Get us what we need

It won’t

The odd economy of the Kingdom
Suggests that
We must think a different way

That is not about me, it is about we
It is about all of us
Who inhabit spaceship earth
Finding a way

To live together
Survive together
Flourish together

And the economy of God suggests
That if anyone is left behind

That is not good

It is not good for us
For they are us
And we have left part of ourselves behind
And we have become smaller

Perhaps that is the problem in America
We have become smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller
All in the name of seeking to be great

So it is time to change the question
Time to change the focus

From what is good for me?
What do I need?
To, what is good for us, for all the family of God?
And what can I do
To meet that need?

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