If we really took God serioursly, we'd beging to..

by YoYoMama 10 Replies latest jw friends

  • YoYoMama
    YoYoMama

    If we really took God seriously, we'd begin to listen and love
    12/29/2001

    By TOM EHRICH / The Dallas Morning News

    Let's assume that the Incarnation, as originally conceived, wasn't about gifts, jingling bells, make-or-break retail sales, school holidays or turkey.

    Let's assume that the Resurrection wasn't about bunnies, candy, flowers, or ham.

    Let's assume that Jesus didn't die so that one market town could construct a grander cathedral than its neighbor, or so that cross-bearing soldiers could slaughter Muslims, Anabaptists, or Incas; or so that TV preachers could sell their prayers.

    Let's assume that the events that unfolded in Bethlehem long ago were more like the day of creation, when God planted a garden; more like the word of hope that Isaiah spoke to exiles; more like Jesus' cry of submission from the cross.

    Let's assume that, in the beginning, God had something in mind – something that goes farther than the sons of Jacob turning against their brother Joseph; warring tribes conniving with their enemies; vain Solomon building a grand temple to impress other royalty; vain Peter pretending to be heroic; vain bishops competing for power; vain parishioners sniffing at lesser souls.

    Let's assume that, in the beginning, God had something to say and a need to say it, and that no amount of arguing over Scripture can stifle God's determination to be heard.

    Let's assume that the slate is relatively blank, that 2,000 years of Christian history have produced some great music and art, that believers have done good works like establishing hospitals, schools, and orphanages, but that most of what God intended to say remains to be heard.

    What, then, would we do?

    We would start, I think, in listening. We tend to be talkers, not listeners. How can we receive God's Word if our mouths are filled with words and our hearts with noise?

    We would start close to home. We would listen to our partners, children, parents, and friends. Listen for their yearnings, for their goodness, for their deepness.

    In time, we might risk listening to our own hearts. We might hear our yearnings, our sadness, our joy, our incompleteness. We might see our hands reaching out for love. We might sit still. We might imagine life without toys and tinsel, without thrones and thrashing, without false conquests. We might become at peace with ourselves.

    We might then listen to the world, not as a source of profit or peril, but as a noisy, bruised, restless, and joyful place not unlike our own hearts.

    I have no specific vision of what would come next. I doubt that we would build churches, establish hierarchies, promulgate religious laws, or erect barriers. We inherited those structures, and we have struggled bravely to sustain them and breathe life into them. Sometimes it works.

    Mostly, I think we are worn out. If someone said we could proceed in the new year without adopting a budget, replacing the slate roof, recruiting teachers, attending conventions and committee meetings, and arguing about who is worthy to worship with us, I doubt we would complain.

    I am sure we would gather, for love seeks to love, but the nature of our gathering would take surprising shape, maybe focusing on pews and pulpits, but probably not. I am sure we would sing, for the soul touched by grace cannot keep from singing. I am sure we would touch each other, for incarnation means incarnation.

    Beyond that, I don't know. It is difficult to separate the faith enterprise from the religious structures that we have inherited. But I would like to find out. Not because I am angry, frustrated, or rebellious, for I don't feel any of those emotions. I loved being in my church this Christmas, singing carols and holding a small candle aloft. I feel blessed beyond my deserving, and I know that God's grace has touched my life.

    What I feel is yearning – a yearning to know what God has in mind. If the Word could be heard above the noise, what would it say? If the light could shine in the darkness, what would it reveal? If the heart could sing God's song, what tune would it carry?

  • dubla
    dubla

    yoyo-

    im not trying to derail your thread here, im just wondering why you felt the need to duck out of our discussion earlier, before responding to the points i laid out to you..? i find this common among the jws on this forum....nytel, yk, yadirf....and now you as well. is it a lack of ability to respond? because thats the assumption you leave behind with an early exit. im leaving for the day shortly, and again, i apologize for having to address this on antoher thread of yours.

    aa

  • hillary_step
    hillary_step

    YYW,

    Do you actually have a mind, or has it been replaced by Ctrl 'C' and Ctrl 'V'?

    HS

  • hawkaw
    hawkaw

    H_S

    ROTFLMAO!!!!

    hawk

  • Eric
    Eric

    YoYoMaam,

    We would start close to home. We would listen to our partners, children, parents, and friends. Listen for their yearnings, for their goodness, for their deepness.

    In time, we might risk listening to our own hearts. We might hear our yearnings, our sadness, our joy, our incompleteness. We might see our hands reaching out for love. We might sit still. We might imagine life without toys and tinsel, without thrones and thrashing, without false conquests. We might become at peace with ourselves.

    We might then listen to the world, not as a source of profit or peril, but as a noisy, bruised, restless, and joyful place not unlike our own hearts.

    The really great thing is, we humans can accomplish everything in the above three paragraphs without any sort of god at all.

    Eric

  • alliwannadoislive
    alliwannadoislive

    YoYo - i respect your right to be here - but what would your elders say ? you are doing stuff that would result in disfellowshipping - look what happened to ray franz ...

  • battman
    battman

    When ever I need a tonic to go to sleep
    I read a Yum Yum Mum thread. BORING

    battman

  • jayhawk1
    jayhawk1

    Yoyomama,
    You are BRAINWASHED!

    And before you say, "Yea, yea, I have heard this before." And before you say, "Can't you think of something new to say?"

    I will say this, the reason we will not come up with something new to say is because it is true.

    "Hand me that whiskey, I need to consult the spirit."-J.F. Rutherford

    Jeremy's Hate Mail Hall Of Fame.
    http://hometown.aol.com/onjehovahside/ and Kylishhlee@aol.com

  • battman
    battman

    I remember dubs complaining about how difficult
    it was to discuss scriptures with someone who
    thought they also had the truth. That other party
    was always ducking the issue and bringing up other
    points. Exactly what YYM does. Like get a life babe.

    Just like Yum Yum Mum. BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    battman

  • OUTLAW
    OUTLAW

    Yo-YO is now employed at OUTLAWS House of Gambing and Sportin Ladies..LOL...OUTLAW

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