now reading

About a “delicious rebellion.” It makes me a little bit sad, really. Besides the interesting convolutions of prose, phrases like “tingling and luminous hands” and “the rather obvious idea that “god” is nothing more than a raw hot energy that permeates all things at all times in all places and it is meant to be shared like a long slow tongue-kiss,” I’m sad because of what he believes.
He talks of “bogus notions of a warmongering homophobic paternalistic God.” He mentions “a solitary sullen disapproving deity.” Reading that makes me want to cry, just a little. For he doesn’t know the God that I serve. He doesn’t know the majestic Creator, the loving Father, the triumphant King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He’s never knelt in the presence of the the righteous Judge and known the redemption of the Saviour. He’s never walked in the freedom that comes from knowing he’s a sinner, justified by faith and now an heir to the Kingdom, a child of God.
He hints at a great truth when he says “After all, “true” religion is, perhaps more than anything else, supposed to be empowering, is it not?” True “religion” is empowering, because it’s not about religion; it’s about a relationship.
But he backs away from his search and retreats into himself: “It should catapult you back into yourself, whole and gleaming and so reconnected to your higher self (which is, of course, God, in miniature) that you don’t even need religion anymore.”
On the day when he stands before that great throne of judgement, when they look for his name in the Lamb’s book of life, I weep for him. On that day, his polished phrases and wise-sounding platitudes will do nothing for him, because they’ll be asking one thing: “What did you do with the salvation that was offered you?”
And he’ll be speechless.

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~ by wildeyedwonder on August 26, 2005.

One Response to “now reading”

  1. Amen!

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