The ability of religion to distract people with details and convince the masses that it is these details that are of importance just saddens me. The only foundation that has been laid (Jesus) gets lost in the chaos of the adventure in missing the point...well, at least it's lost to those that get caught up in it. This isn't rocket science, it's actually a message that was hidden from the "wise" and revealed to the simple. While the "wise" fight over "sound doctrine" and "sound theology" while shut up in their empires they have built, there has been a constant, unbroken, never distracted revolution going on that stretches all the way back to the moment Jesus began his ministry. I lived too much of my life as one of the distracted.
My simple prayer today is this: Jesus, keep me awake and from distractions, and continue to awaken me/reveal to me more and more so I don't ever miss what it is you are doing.
While reading some today on The Shack forum I noticed a familiar pattern that just struck me as being very odd. Several times I heard people say that it was good fiction but people need to remember that it's not good theology. Which leads me to this observation....If what organized religion has is good theology, I think I will pass and live the rest of my life in good fiction. This is how The Shack ends and from what I am learning these days in this less distracted life I am now living....what more is there that is closer to Jesus than this and what Father has set us free to be in the world. I'm not interested in the theology of self interest and power and empire building and anger directed at all the people that don't fall in line with such theology. This might be fiction but this is what it is about.
"If you ever get a chance to hang out with Mack, you will soon learn that he's hoping for a new revolution, one of love and kindness---a revolution that revolves around Jesus and what he did for us all and what he continues to do in anyone who has a hunger for reconciliation and a place to call home. This is not a revolution that will overthrow anything, or if it does, it will do it in ways we could never contrive in advance. Instead it will be the quiet daily powers of dying and serving and loving and laughing, of simple tenderness and unseen kindness, because if anything matters, everything matters. And one day, when all is revealed, every one of us will bow our knee and confess in the power of Sarayu that Jesus is the Lord of all creation, to the glory of Papa."