Greetings and Peace to you all,
To sum it all up; that is a welcome statement some times in my mind, at least. The last two issues I have rambled on a bit about our sensitivty to gender inclusion in the liturgy. My motivation for this discussion comes from all of the old comments that are in my head from my stanch evangelical days; the days when I was terribly more dogmatic than now, and around many fundamental thinkers. I remember the “off-hand” comments many of them said and the uneducated remarks I made. But now that I have been exposed to those who practice realism in theology and tradition made culturally realtvant, with open eyes and a changed mind I wanted to discuss it from my new point of view.
Part of my new Franciscan experience is the writing of my personal rule of life. One of the eight points of rule is the area of penitence. Here is my statement of penitence: (image placeholder) readily admitting my errors as the Holy Spirit reveals them, seeking His forgiveness, and making the amends to others that I have affected. I am ever-seeking reconciliation with God and humanity at every possible opportunity when to do so will cause no harm or hindrance to the other, to live at peace with God and humanity.” We humans are always in a state of progression and change. What makes life easier as a Christian is learning the willingness to correct one’s one error’s and adapt to new points of view. I look at life this way. It is like being a journey that sometimes take’s one through mountain ranges and at others over the prarie and plains. When one is on a peak, he or she can see the plain behind and the valley below. It is not until one travels over the next flat land and up the next slope that the new peak’s view can be revealed. Then the view changes, and the scenery is brand new. Life is a learning experience and we must be willing to adapt and learn; to let our minds and hearts stretch and grow. The gender issues are one area of growth for me that I wanted to pass along to you.
I was reminded this past week that some of the controversy over the issue and others has to do with how people view the authority of the Bible. Different folks view it at different levels of authority. (You are probably wondering at this point what I think, guess what? I am not going to tell you!) Some say that it is, in every word, period and comma, the inspired word of God. Others think that the Bible contains the word of God, but is not entirely the whole word of God. People place the bible on different levels. Those are just two of the main view points. Out of those positions, people argue about things, such as gender issues in the liturgy. So many arguments have been started over issues that could choke a fly, the theology is that intense. My point is this, I am summing up my babblings this week to get on with other things, as I wish the world could over other issues. There are more important things to think about. Like the fact that someone very close to me has reverted back to the use of “crack cocaine” recently, and someone else I know has a husband who is cheating on her, and is addicted to internet pornography. He spends hundreds on porn while his two children need new shoes. It breaks my heart. What breaks my heart even more is that people want to argue over what is prayed in church, instead of JUST GOING TO CHURCH AND PRAYING FOR THESE PEOPLE. People want to make an issue out of who can be blessed by church rites when the Lord has already declared that “God so loved the World that He gave His only Son that whosoever beleives on Him shall have eternal life…”. Let’s get on with it already. I only speak for myself on this, I made up my mind a long time ago that it really doesn’t matter what a pontif or arch biship says about my life, weather they will bless my relationships, or whether the priest will pray a prayer the way I want, what matters to me and for me is what God says about me. If I enter into a marriage that the Anglican Communion will not bless, I and my partner-to be will say our own vows, pray the prayers ourselves, and serve our own communion. God the Holy Spirit is able and willing to show up without the permission of any institution. He is able and willing to annoint the heart the earnestly seeks Him. “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. ” Acts 2:18 “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him.” I John 2:20,27
I have grown weary of a phoney religion dressed up with no place to go and no power to get there anyway. People need us and they need the Lord. The church of Jesus Christ must begin to refocus on the Holy Fire, to light the way for our true purpose in the earth, that of living the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, and souls; our neighbors as ourselves, and the new covenant addition, to love others as Jesus has loved us.
May God radicalize your life this week with love and power!
Greetings and Peace
Greetings and Peace to you all,