Sunday, September 27, 2009


God the Father's ways are so different.

I'm so tried of the battle that naturally flows from the human activities that are a result of thinking we are bright enough and just enough while blinded by fear shame and guilt to organize society in a way that is actually just.

As I have said before, I live with no illusions that there is a political solution, but what is more alive in me than ever is a longing for a people that are being set free from the distorting/malforming effects of fear shame and guilt so they themselves might at least stop promoting the very things that perpetuate the nightmare people are living in.

I love the heart of what Dr. King is getting at in these words he uttered many years ago...during a time that he and many that he loved were suffering under a system controlled by people whom I guess just thought it was okay to keep people in a place below them. Fear does that to people.

In a world being organized by people who are still being controlled by fear shame and guilt I want to stay awake to what is the status quo and stay as far away from it as possible so as to not find myself colluding with it...because you can rest assured that it's oppressing someone. Jesus seemed to not be so keen on such human activity. All the world systems are oppressive and are a beast. I've found it to be a very important realization to stay in touch with. I've also found it very important to come to grips with the reality that one's eschatology significately shapes how one live with others in the world and what one believes about Jesus and his Father drives it.

Is the world system having an effect on us or are we a part of something that is having an effect on the world system as Jesus did...refusing to use the world's methods? One big difference was that Jesus seemed to be completely people oriented regardless of who they were or where they came from.

Many will write Dr. King's words off as a pipe dream and based upon fallen human nature they might be right...but if I'm going to have to live in this fallen world I would rather live on this side than the one shaped by the "power-over" paradigm that always by nature is okay with leaving people out while also being okay with using them in the process. To me Dr. King's words just seems to be a part of the redemptive process/story that the Creator has set in motion. Think of me as misguided and naive if you must.

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person- oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness of justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will only be an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs reconstructing.

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the sea and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not Just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say:"This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just."

1 comment:

Kirk said...

I'll agree to be misguided and naive too, then. Very valuable words and thoughts in the middle of all the babble of today. Thanks.