Monday, May 24, 2010

Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

If I was on a march at the moment I would be
saying to everyone: 'Be honest with each other.
Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships,
and love as many people as you can in whatever way
you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all
be happy.

Sir Ian McKellen, actor [Shakespeare; Gandalf in
“Lord of the Rings”] born on this date, 1939

Jesus did not set the standard as “Love” for no good reason. And it is the Church that set the standard of judgment at “belief” rather than “Love” – countermanding Jesus’ own intent. When the Christian Church stopped being the servant of Christ and of the God of Infinite Compassion, and set itself up as the greater Authority, it was obvious that we were going to be in trouble for a long time. We haven’t escaped that arrogance yet – and it will be a long time, I’m afraid. Too many people have too much of a stake in the status quo.

I have no idea of Sir Ian is a Christian or not. But I think he had got the Gospel down. Love is the standard of “right relationship” with God; put aside the inhibitions that come with serving a master other than Love; be an honest community; honour the Christ in all people; judge not – that leads only to a pride which diminishes one’s Humanity.

The World is sure as hell not a “happy place” right now. And anybody with any sense knows why. We have trained ourselves to fear and feel threatened by the “other”, and we have displaced the Spirit of Truth as our Guide. This is true right now of all Humanity, of whatever religion or creed or politics.

Something is going to explode. Soon. When it does, may there be enough people who trust the path of Love to haul whoever’s left into a community of Trust. Cynic though I tend to be, I retain a hope that servanthood in Love will be the higher power.


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