We like conditions. We like evenhandedness. We like Quid Pro Quo. Tit for Tat. We like that. We have problems with beggars holding up signs. We have problems with entitlement. We have problems with kids who start acting like killers and we deny the condition especially if we cannot or will not see the Christ in the kid and most of all, we have never dared to change in such a way to see and acknowledge the dignity within our programmed selves. That is the evil. Yes, the criminal did the unthinkable. Yes, the Christ did the unbelievable and perhaps that’s what ticks us off the most.
Too much democracy. Too much amnesty. How could He? Perfect love casts out all fear but to bloody hell with a love that is unconditional. To hell with a love that sees Himself in the criminal because He does more than what we do. Rather than look at, He sees through. But we don’t see through anything. We don’t want to look inside the cup especially when we’re told it’s our cup in spite of how cruddy it gets. We trust our own lies. Honest lies.
“I’m no good.”
“God hates bad behaviour and the container is all He cares about. Repentance is about changing behaviour modification, right?”
WRONGGGG! Gong show! Booonnnng!
Who told us such things as this? The pastor? He’s gotta be right, right?
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, said the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. -Jeremiah 31:34
As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things—and it is true and not a lie—and just as it has taught you, abide in Him. -1 John 2:27
And at the end of the parroting puppet show, we will get real, or we won’t. If we don’t, it is because we fear. We fear the SELF that we propped up in pews and didn’t really believe in props or belief systems. Do we believe anything from experiencing? What if we admitted we’d been living an approach/avoidance life with the God that most of us, if honest, imagines is trillions of miles up and far away. At best, perhaps, a distant observer. Maybe even an indifferent or hating observer? No, not true.
While Perfect Love, the Trinitarian flow is hardly distant or hating or indifferent, many of us were given this very dreadful image of God and especially the God we thought couldn’t possibly be big or loving or creative enough to be outside of the Bible. Will God hate you are I if we question our perception of His or Her sincerity? No. Never. Let’s face it. We don’t relate well to people who don’t relate at all. People who keep us at arm’s length. We stop telling them anything. We talk and they listen but never open up about their struggles or questions. I used to think God was silent when I refused to be. And this ‘God’ who was more of an object up yonder than the Holy Spirit and Kingdom of God within me, in fact, had to stay silent because that’s conclusion I’d already come to. I got what I didn’t expect, so to say.
The nature of the rain is the same and yet it produces thorns in the marsh and flowers in the garden. Bad soil is considered bad because of the weeds that consume it. Remove the weeds by the roots, irrigate the dirt and the soil is ready for flowers, vegetable and abundant growth. It will do little good to speak truths to people whose minds our replete with lies they’ve come to conclude are honestly taught certitudes. Truth and clarity of perception demand room to grow and flourish. How we see depends on what we have been taught to look at. How we think will not change until the wrong thoughts are first seen as obstructions to clarity of perception. Once seen, they will not be remotely recognisable as what our soul’s knew before the programming begain. Thus, Jesus says: “Unless you become as children, you will not see heaven.” Not a threat for a later hell, but a pleading that we have the humility to begin with a beginner’s mind. Start the sum anew. Going on will do nothing but add more knowledge onto the already existing wrong knowledge and such knowledge isn’t knowledge but the memorisation and rehearsing of stupidity.
Where did we get this idea that God hates anyone? That He is incessantly pissed off? That He would stike us dead or send us to hell if we actually read less about Him or Her and became still and dared to be silent?
Holy Spirit, please reveal how loved ALL people are. Create willingness in each of us to stop concluding so quickly and stop hating others who are labelled other than we have been. Let us ALL see through the fear and insecurities we haul around. There is only truth. Let it be done unto us all, Yes… In Christ name
At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight
We better get WE out of the way and look within and accept grace both inside and outside.