In the meanwhile, I have this to share:
I'm thinking we all need to challenge our own thinking, and even our beliefs ... rather than to assume that everything we've been told to believe/think is true. IF it's true, it'll stand up to all manner of scrutiny ... if it doesn't stand up, then it should fall, not being true. I don't fear questioning anything any more (though I used to cower in terror!) -- and I've discovered that I've been duped by MUCH of what humans have passed off as tradition -- the traditions of man continue to nullify the word of God (which isn't just what's in the Bible -- He's always speaking into our hearts, but what we *think* we know can get in the way of what He's revealing there ... the Spirit continues to lead us into all truth, as we can bear it).
I was struck with what I read this morning, from Richard Rohr's "Simplicity":
We all want to love, but as a rule we don't know how to love rightly. How should we love so that life will really come form it? I believe that what we all need is wisdom. I'm very disappointed that we in the Church have passed on so little wisdom. Often the only thing we've taught people is to think that they're right - or that they're wrong. We've either mandated things or forbidden them. But we haven't helped people to enter upon the narrow and dangerous path of true wisdom. On this path we take the risk of making mistakes. On this path we take the risk of being wrong. That's how wisdom is gained. On the spiritual path the enemy isn't pain - it's fear of pain. We haven't become wise because we're so afraid of pain. For far too long we've confined people to a sort of security zone - a safe place of feeling smugly "right." But failure and falling short are the best teachers, success and certaintude have practically nothing to teach on the spiritual path -- and may even divert one from the spiritual path. The great temptation of the Church has been to imprison the Gospel in our heads. Up there we can be right or wrong, our position can be correct or false, but in any case everything remains firmly in our grip.
But we live in a world that is a mixture of darkness and light, of good and evil. Jesus spoke of the field in which wheat and weeds grow alongside each other... and we're told to let both grow alongside each other 'til harvest. We need a lot of patience and humility to live with a field of both weeds and wheat in our own souls. We'll never conquer evil if we launch a frontal assault. If we do that we may incorporate into ourselves the energy and the weapons of evil. We can end up turning into what we halt. That's why Jesus told us to love our enemies; otherwise, we become just like them.
We hardly ever see our own sin - we tend to rationalize our sin away as virtue. For this reason we need help in recognizing that we ourselves are a mixture of good and evil. There is no perfect political system, nor any perfect religious system. Jesus advised us to take a humble position in this world - a position of nonparticipation in the lie.
I notice that whenever I encounter something I dislike in another ... it's a clear sign that I'm projecting what I dislike in myself -- it's easier to see it in the "other" than to face it in myself. But I notice that Jesus tells us to deal with the log in our own eye, before we even attempt to fix the speck in the eye of another.
When I've done this (& I wonder why I don't *always* do this...), I notice that without my own log, there doesn't seem to be a need to deal with the speck ... either it's no longer there, or no longer important ... or I realize that it never was my business in the first place. "What's that to you? You follow Me." Yes, Jesus, I want to do that ... keep reminding me.
We don't have to be seduced by the power of fear. Notice how many times in scripture we're told to "fear not." Fear is the opposite of love -- fear is the *second* most powerful force in the universe, but LOVE is far stronger (we just don't trust it -- we perceive it as "weak"). If we start to look, really look, we'll see that everything we do/think/believe comes out of either love or fear at it's root. It is AMAZING how very much of what contemporary Christianity teaches that's really rooted in fear. "Love/obey God or else you will be punished eternally." That's not love..! That's fear. That's not of God. Instead, we follow God as a *result* of finally realizing how very much He loves us, unconditionally, no matter what, and that nothing can separate us from that love (nothing! including ourselves and our choices!), and THEN, out of that joy, we love and follow Him. We've got it backwards, and it's just not working.
We can trust Him with ALL things ... Ultimately, whatever we encounter matters not. We can stop being afraid, stop trying to fix, stop trying to control, and enjoy this beautiful world, this precious life, that He's given us as gifts...!