it’s time we grow up…

i don’t normally write about politics, but as it relates to spirituality and as that relates to issues of peace and social justice, which i am passionate about, i feel it is appropriate to express that realtionship here.

please read if you wish…

a beautiful sentiment…and we all know how i love beautiful sentiment. unfortunately cheapened and loses credibility knowing that the Romney/Ryan ticket would pursue a constitutional amendment to ban a group of tax paying citizens the same privilege granted other tax paying citizens to marry and fully express that love of which she speaks ~ “I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.” ~ Anne Romney

i have plenty of friends who are Conservative and plenty of friends who are Christian. all beautiful people. and many of them are an exception to what i’m about to say and i’m so thankful for their loving presence in this world. sometimes, though, it feels as though the Republican Party has hijacked Christianity and Christianity has hijacked Jesus.

my two cents. ignore the titles and labels and look to the fruit of philosophy, the action to the words. Love does not separate and Love does not create classes of people with different privileges or rights associated to them. Love is not so fragile and fearful that it has to cling to tribalism, or an “us and them” delusion. that’s dualism. dualism is fine for elementary school religion and spiritual infancy. but there is a Love that holds all of this world in its wounded glory and it is always available to those who seek it, to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

it’s time we grow up.


~ j

August 28, 2012

4 thoughts on “it’s time we grow up…

  1. I just moments ago read a bit by a Christian that you probably would describe as an exception, in the book Radical, by David Platt: “…we are molding Jesus into our image. he is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. and the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. instead, we may be worshiping ourselves.”

    I thought of that reading your exhortation. Everybody wants Love on their side, because it is stunningly powerful. Love is easy enough to invoke, because it is everywhere. And Love always affects us, because we are made to be affected by it. It isn’t wrong to think that either party, or both, is fueled by Love — I mean, what else is there to be fueled by? But when we use Love as the basis for competition and comparison — and, please, we do this ALL THE TIME — don’t we look like a bunch of silly monkeys?!

    Thanks for your sweet wisdom, Jaysen.

    1. thank YOU for your wisdom, my friend. you are clearly one of those of who i am speaking when i say exception. your open-hearted, honest investigation into your own faith journey is an inspiration. it is friends like you and others that are dear to me, that show the teaching of Jesus will find good hands to do its work and good hearts to hold its truth. i am immensely grateful for that, because in the end that truth of Love will win out, i do believe. ~ j

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