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, May 2, 2020

Proper sacrifice, true God

We are sacrificial lambs offering ourselves to a false god


The voices are out there
those ones that ask us to sacrifice
the old and the unproductive
on the altar of the GNP

The Dow rebounds
Showing that the God of Economy
is placated by human sacrifice

Jesus once said
“You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people
than that the whole nation perish.”

He did not have this in mind
For Jesus sacrifice was about love and life
about letting go of what is not important
for the sake of what is important

“sell all you have, and give to the poor”
(if you are going to gut the treasury, make sure it is the poor you help)

“For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their soul?
Or what will they give in return for their soul?”

The message is consistent
What is important is people
Not the stock market
Not the corporations (although we insist they are “people” too)
Not a political party
Not power
Not wealth

But people
All people
Even the old
Even the “unproductive”

What good is it if the stock market rises,
and the people die?

What good is it if we have “the best economy”,
if love and compassion die?

What good is holding tenuously on to ego and power,
if justice dies?

In this time of pandemic
we may indeed be called to sacrifice

we may be called to let go of some of our wealth
some of our comforts
some of our control

but sacrificing people for the economy?
handing over the vulnerable for the sake of our 401k
or our stock portfolio?

Just NO!

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