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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dare to lose

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
                               Abraham Lincoln

We live in a world of flawed formulas

Work hard and you will succeed
If you live a good life you will be blessed

Those formulas were, at the very least,
Somewhat well intentioned

But we are now bombarded by values and beliefs that are not merely wrong
None of them are new
But they are newly embraced
And they are destructive

The end justifies the means
God loves and blesses us, but not them
People who are not like us have less value
Might makes right
If you have the power, you should be free to use it (without worrying about how it impacts others)
It is more important to be strong, than just, or compassionate
Its ok to scramble and fight to get what I want, even if it means others get left behind

We live in a world
More specifically in a nation
That is no longer “true”
And no longer living up the “what light” it has

We must respond
And grab hold of the truth
That we are in a win – lose culture
That is really a lose – lose culture

This must change.  To quote the words of Joseph Kennedy, as he spoke recently to spiritual leaders

“This moment demands more of us than we might feel capable of giving; more than we have traditionally done; more than we have ever expected.

But those of you in this room tonight — with your reservoirs of faith, of wisdom, of gentleness and justice and generosity – with the trust you have righteously earned from the people you serve — you are the ones to meet this moment.

Help us tell America an alternative story. Help us show our fractured, fearful country a different way.

Not a Democratic agenda or a Republican agenda – but a decent one.

“From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Where you lead with strength and surety, a grateful nation will follow.”

We must lead
We must challenge the way that leads to lose – lose
We must live up to what light we have

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