© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved
What are the stories we can tell?
By what small altars do we mark
the passages of our lives?
What songs sang the brightest
and the darkest
moments of our journeys,
and do we still sing them?
In some way our stories are God’s story.
Me ‘n’ God/God ‘n’ me,
meaning inextricably linked,
meaning not apart.
It is how we are.
comfortable other times,
but always blessed,
always, just always.
And always our stories
are commingled with God.
Always an admixture of sacred and profane.
Always us ‘n’ God.
I recently read an article that panned anyone who believed in God, in the Historical Jesus, or the efficacy of prayer. I think it is just OK that they do not believe, but the crux of the article was about how dumb/slow-witted/ignorant liberal/progressives are who don’t eschew any view that disagrees with the writer’s point of view. Yikes!!!
To my way of thinking, this is simply another form of fundamentalism, pure and simple. It is a “My way or the highway” point of view, and it just doesn’t work with me at all! That author did not get that all the notes in the scale have a place and a purpose, and can work well together.
If you think about it at all, there is actually nothing anyone can say about God that is definitive, or universal. God is just too big to do something like that. Thinking out of a mathematical model with negative and positive numbers centered by a zero, we could say that God is all that is as well as nothing that is. And that works for me up to a point, but all we can really say, all we can actually proclaim about God are images that come out of our own limited points of view, that are based on our own , very personal experience of God. I can explain my experience and my own point of view, but that is all it is. Neither me nor that author has any right to judge another’s experience of the Divine Being.
What we can do is discern whether it works for us or not, and then either claim and use the parts of it that do work, and discard the rest, or move on along.
I do want to go on record and say that fundamentalism, whether it is, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, or whatever, it just that–fundamentalist and as such is fraught with ignorance, limitations, and control issues.
To say this another way—DO NOT TRY TO SHOVE YOUR CRAP DOWN MY THROAT AND TRY TO TELL ME THAT IF I DON’T BUY INTO YOUR PROGRAM, I AM EITHER GOING TO BURN IN HELL, OR I AM STUPID!!! I hope I am clear.
I wanted to make this point strongly because that are many who do not have big degrees in theology, and give their good sense and personal power of choice over to those who do. And to those who have the really big mouths and try to talk down any opposition by loud clanging proclamations, screw off, and grow up. This ain’t the eight-grade. It could well be that people are not dumb, because they don’t fall into lock-step with you, it is probably because they are smart.