Yesterday began Holy Week for the Christian tradition. No matter which version/expression of the church you hail from – the core of Christian faith is centered on Jesus and his trip through the cross. To the logical the whole thing is rather nonsensical or as sacred text states it – “foolishness.” To those in the church – well sometimes we get caught up in the details – usually the ones that are specific to supporting our general perspective of the whole thing and how to make that makes us – or more to the point make you - behave. We’ve been arguing from day one what really happened – didn’t happen – who’s responsible – and finding ways to make it look like we are on the “right” side of the equation. We draw our lines in the sand and say “red rover red rover come on over – if you think it - believe it - behave it the way I do – come over – otherwise keep your shit to yourself.”
Then came the divisions, public & private, councils, creeds, those included those excluded, buildings built to worship in which cry out – your not welcome “if.” In our attempts to define, refine, explain, justify, prove that which cannot be proven – we judge, tear down, condemn and sadly we have even used it to justify our violence, killing and wars. Theology calls that the use of the Law. Martin Luther referred to it as what God uses to drive us into his loving arms. I call it “behavior management.” “I AM” calls it death.
And therein lays the clue to the trouble – knowledge – the more we think we know the more we try to nail it down, explain it, and prove it – and the pattern repeats & continues. Every damn time we think we have it figured out something happens to fuck it up. Look at the stories – two versions of creation. Tower of Babel – if God is so jealous – insecure – you’d think it was a requirement to have humanity actually come together to accomplish such a feet in an attempt to connect. The story of Israel freed from Egyptian slavery. Jerusalem – from day one to the present - need I elaborate? I easily get caught up in and distracted by the details – they can be helpful in clueing us into the big picture – but when we get stuck on them we perpetuate - in action - what is at the core of the problem – “original sin” – in traditional language. So let us go back to the beginning – perhaps we can explore and in the exploration discover a bit of truth.
In the beginning nothing was – “I AM” – starts making shit happen, creating, playin in the elements – makin mud pie. "I AM" - no gender attached in the language - creates the "dirt being" then gives it the power of co-creating through "naming" of the creatures...looking for a natural partner - when none is to be found - one is drawn out of the "dirt being" = man "out of dirt being" = woman.. I AM says it’s all good - now I got this shit – all you gotta do is steward – tend to, nurture, care for what is - you can do anything you want - EXCEPT - there is a tree over here - called knowledge - trust me you don't want to eat it - to do so will cause death -(now remember there are many forms of death). The phrase “ignorance is bliss” has its origins – I’m just sayin. What is at stake is that we are given the choice to trust that I AM got’s this shit under control - or attempt to do things for ourselves – oops
And Jesus was the solution and resolution - not heaven - heaven is icing on an already fabulous cake...Jesus is the repair that we could not make through knowledge...The story continues next week…Don’t you just hate waiting for the sequel?