Jared Witt - April 26, 2019
The goal in Christianity is to lose your life, not your head.
This can be said of all of the great religious traditions.
Too far into the tradition and you’ll confuse the means with the end. You’ll mistake the tools for the house.
Too far out of the tradition and you’ll forever be searching the shed for better tools rather than making progress with the one that’s in your hand.
Too far in and you’ll confuse the paintings with the vision.
Too far out and it just looks like everything else.
Too far in and you’ll confuse the dance moves with The Dance.
Too far out and you’re just wiggling your legs at random.
Too far in and you’ll confuse the beliefs with the one believed.
Too far out and you’re just thinking things.
Too far in and you’ll quote holy books like you’re quoting God.
Too far out and you’re only quoting yourself.
Too far in and you’ll begin to think that people are for the Sabbath, not the Sabbath for people.
Too far out and your Sabbath will evaporate into soccer practice and overtime pay.
Light the candle. Hold the candle. Feel its lively glow.
Fold your hands. Raise your hands. Join your hands to others.
Eat the bread. Drink the wine. Let the waters wash over your body.
The religion is necessary, because that’s where we get the water, the bread, the wine. But remember, religion is no spring of living water. It’s no living bread. It’s no true vine.
What you need is not religion. What you need is a reason to hope. And religion can suggest one.
What you’re wanting is not for a clergy person to “absolve” your sins. What you want is to love what’s in the mirror each morning. And absolution can help with that.
You didn’t come here looking for theology. You came here to see God. And good theology can at least turn you in that direction.
You didn’t come here to join a “church.” You came here to silence your overbearing ego. And the community can help with that.
You didn’t come here for a sacrament. You came here because you’re afraid to die. And the sacrament can help you get that over with.
Cheers and Peace,
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