Monday, December 14, 2015

The Sixteenth Day of Advent: “Overthrowing the Existing Order”

I wonder how any of us can claim discipleship to One who disturbed history so much and yet be so comfortable with what is!  I’m aware of how I’ve compromised and adjusted the Christian faith to suit my fancy.  Have you done that, too?  These adjustments to the faith make it possible for us to avoid dealing with what it really means to be a Christian. “We are called,” according to the Apostle Paul, “to overthrow the existing order.” 

We all agree that society must change, but just how does one go about doing that?  I don’t really know.  How does one take a social stand without arrogance and without a sense of moral superiority?  I don’t know.  I’m deeply perplexed.  I know, given our chronic human behavior, that there will be no Utopia, but I also know that we, with God’s aid, can make our world a better place for all people. The Christian faith begins with the individual, but if it ends there—it ends.  

Lunar Eclipse, Wales UK 2015
Advent is a time of transition—moving us and our world to a place it has never been before.  How do we get from here to there?  I think St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer, acted out, might be a good start.

Make me an instrument of thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

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