Still don’t know what we’re doing…

weptI wonder when the influence of art, culture, and religious politics convinced the mainstream that peering at a crucifixion was a message of love. Bear with me… on a subtle point that continues to steal from the curiously faithful.

Yes. I know. God is Love and sent His begotten from the depths of that love.

Yet, crucifixion, and the events leading up to this politically motivated homicide (that unknowingly fulfilled scripture) also had a purpose of taking the sin of humanity and putting it on display.

Our sin is and will always be violence. Remember…”Forgive them Father for they no not what they’re doing.”

When we categorize sin we also dilute our greater need for the death of Christ. Furthermore, when some dwell on how ‘lovely’ is ‘Our’ Jesus mounted within a sanitized setting above an altar or others look upon cross without His corpse, we continue to forget humanity’s greatest fault for the Trinity’s greatest virtue. When we lose ourselves in Divine Love we begin to only see ourselves as important. Hence the popularity of a ‘personal relationship with G-d’ and “You Matter” yard signs that perpetually feeds an obese ego. Jesus, I believe, became man so we could focus on human relationships not worship some faraway G-d no one quite understood. He also confronted our need for power with a challenge to love instead. Violence corrodes everything it touches. Its insidious blight leaves many lonely, poor, persecuted, or dead. Hopefully now when we stare long enough at the image of the crucifixion we may come to the understanding that we are saved as a community not some pious winner of Heaven’s golden ticket – because we are so loved.

It is not about you or me but respecting the dignified Image breathed within all of us. How can we ever expect to be known by our Judge when we never loved Him within another. No– you really don’t matter more than we matter.

Motivated by the indelible image atop of Calvary, the faith instilled into a disciple becomes fearless by example and courageous words of peace when faced by humanity’s knee-jerk aggression, even unto death.

Make sense?

Now, treat yourself and read the Beatitudes!

Love one another.

2 thoughts on “Still don’t know what we’re doing…

  1. Chris, there are so many points you make in this contemplation I’d like to discuss with you. Some, in fact don’t make sense/don’t track with my beliefs. But, it would be too long a response to do so here. One thought I’d like to offer for your contemplation in the meantime is this. Consider Christ’s words, “Forgive them Father, they do not know what they are doing.” Of course they knew what they were doing. Instead, contemplate His meaning to be, “They don’t know how much they are loved.”
    In the final analysis, it is all about love; for God is all love. The Trinity is love outpouring. Love is verb not noun. Love is always focused outward, not on self-matters, rather others-matter. Love demands a diminished ego and humble posture. Re-read the best of all definitions of love, 1 Corinthians 13f.
    Where there is love, there is justice and where is justice, peace.
    Your brother in Christ,
    Dcn. Clif

    • Hi Clif! Thank you for all those generous words on love. I agree with all of them. I like your point of view that “they knew what they were doing” backed by your trajectory “They don’t know how much they are loved.” I could see both sides of this argument yet if ‘they’ and now ‘we’ know what we’re doing (despite being so loved) adds a defiant element to this conversation which may be plausible but no longer tracks with the plea from Jesus to His Father. My post is not to challenge the wasteful love poured out upon us but not lose sight of the prize and less accountable because of this love. Surely all are loved. So does it end there. Would St. Matthew or Steven be satisfied in being loved in lieu of his gratitude of doing the will of the Father? The conversation that I am trying to bring to the surface is how church is experienced today? Another inkling tells me some ‘services’ or ‘masses’ may even be an offensive experience to past disciples. But that’s another topic.
      I am in search of justice. Finding justice, I believe, starts with understanding what we “don’t”- our innate violence. Our tendency towards aggression must become transparent on so many levels before justice gives rise to peace.
      Peace Dear friend,

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