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, March 7, 2023

A different way

“If our social justice is guided by retribution, we will simply perpetuate the use and abuse of power to inflict violence.”

          Jamie Arpin-Ricci

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we no longer know him in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

          Book of 2 Corinthians


“A society built upon a foundation of vengeance is a society doomed to destroy itself.”

          Richelle E. Goodrich

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”



“Vengence is mine saith the Lord, but I enjoy being God’s tool”


“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”

          Kahlil Gibran

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.



“When you repay evil with evil, you become evil.”

          Wayne Gerard Trotman

“Don’t overcome evil with evil, overcome evil with good”

          Book of Romans



I sit and watch the sunrise

into a bitter cold sky

the mountain looms, white and stark

into brilliant blue


I lift up my eyes unto the hills

seeking help

wanting to trust that the One who is love

gets us

and has got this


I want to trust in Love, and trust that in the end

Love wins


I want to let go of my fear and anxiety

and I want my heart to stop hurting

every damn day


and yet I am afraid

afraid of the bitterness that drips from too many souls

like the sap from a wounded tree


I am afraid of those who are addicted to resentment, anger, and hate

and are driven to imbibe of the power to dictate

and even embrace a dictator


I hear the voice of one who would take us down a path

rejected by the One

“I am your warrior. I am your justice.

And for those who have been wronged and betrayed:

I am your retribution.” (DJT)


Those words freeze my soul

They violate me.


Ah, Lord, if that were your way

You would have listened to the tester

And accepted the crown of Empire


Ah, Lord, if that were your way

you would have aligned with those

who held earthly power and wealth


Ah, Lord, if that were your way you would not

have allowed the world to mutilate you

and hang you on a cross

and then look down with love

and say

“may forgiveness be theirs”                         


It is hard, this path of Love

This way of emptying and service

This way of generosity, compassion, kindness, and empowerment


Fear is much easier than love


And yet the only way for the Kingdom to come.

For it to be “on earth as it is in heaven”

Is for us to be people who seek to reconcile and restore rather than people who punish and destroy.


There is plenty of evil in the world

Plenty of hate, violence, resentment, and retribution

There is not enough love

Not enough reconciliation and restoration


Jesus came with a ministry of reconciliation

Not vengeance

And that work has been entrusted

To us


Let’s do it

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