It's been a quiet day around here and I have spent a lot of time just thinking. Whether I was in my truck transporting my two younger daughters and their friends or sitting at this computer, or talking to my accountant, these thoughts of living free of the fear based conformity that our society uses to maintain some sense of order has been front and center in my mind today. It's such a strong force that shapes us to think and respond in certain ways and mostly we are unaware of it. And as Walter Brueggemann says, alternative thinking becomes a difficult task, but to even begin to imagine things differently one must be aware that they are stuck and are being influenced by many things that control them.
As I have said before, Jacques Ellul has been a wonderful help to me in learning to think differently...outside of how I had been shaped to process things. Believe it or not, Ellul might sound complicated but in actuality he has helped simplify things for me. It's funny how complicated and confused we have become, that when we hear something that is actually simple it sounds complicated. This is where allowing ourselves to begin to learn to think differently becomes so important.
Another friend, Paul Young, the author of The Shack, has also been such a big help to me as he walked with me through many practical things pertaining to this life that is to be lived in this world. I mention Paul because during this time today of thinking about learning to live in freedom (found in the Father, Son, and Spirit) that transcends all man's best efforts to make sense of it all, I kept thinking about something Paul wrote on his blog several months ago that I wanted to share here again. It's been here before on my blog and it comes to mind often as I walk through my days with the people around me. The way society goes and functions is antithetical to living in a way that honors and prefers the "other". I'm not shocked anymore by the hurtful destructive things I see or hear of in regards to what someone has done to another human being. This is what our societal machine perpetuates. I am interested in the renewing of my mind to something wholly other. To learn to be governed by something other than the fear based forced conformity of this world and it's many systems.