“Learning to Soar above it all” by Consilia Karli
Enough of wimpy “God is love” stuff. What good is that in the face of people who are suffering untold injustices and violent prejudices? Promises of “I will save you” don’t give us the fierce courage we need to move beyond the traumas that life brings.
It always helps, of course, to remember that we are loved. But to be loved by a god which has power to alleviate suffering, one which has the power to liberate the oppressed…how does such a god love and leave us to endure what “He” has the power to undo?
Instead we need a God who loves us fiercely, one which doesn’t take on the role of softy savior or almighty healer/ liberator from on high, god of cartoon kid-heroes.
What if we had a God with fierce faith in us, one who never gives up on us, one which refuses to let us get away with wimping out on life?
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As long as we keep God in a lockbox, “He” will rust or be eaten by moths or stolen by thieves. (See Matthew 6:20)
You know, when we put our ideas of someone in a lockbox, then we relate to our ideas of that person. We don’t allow them to be who they are in any given moment.
We demand that they be who we say they are. When someone is in my lockbox, they can’t change. I won’t let them.
When we are in someone’s lockbox, we can’t change. We can’t be the real and ever-new person we are in each moment.
That lockbox may be full of the best qualities, the purest intentions, but it still kills.
Sometimes we put ourselves in the lockbox we or others have made for us.
Often we put God in a lockbox, a lockbox which others have made for us.
Only we can break it open!
Watercolor by Consilia Karli…Alien
ARE YOU THERE, GOD???
Is Rogue God there when you need a God there?
Or are as we as alone and alien as we sometimes feel?
Would a rogue god be off in his own separateness sometimes
…like a mother wanting to get away from her children in all their neediness?
Does Rogue God, like parents, have to leave us on our own
…so we don’t become dependent on constant contact?
…so we develop confidence in our own strength and ability?
…so we learn how to depend on and relate to each other?
…so we learn how to be “separate yet one-with” as God seems to be?
Religious leaders by Consilia K.
God on a throne was fine during the era of kings/queens/subjects, but that age has passed and even the kings and queens who still remain…they are a different breed than their foremothers/fathers.
Churches like the Catholic Church which rely heavily on the God/throne image are in major crisis as the media exposes all their warts, past sins and present vulnerabilities. Suddenly the God which knew everything and kept everything under control…that God is no longer!
It’s Okay! We don’t need to be afraid and neither do the Churches. God was never on the throne. God was always on the edge…with the prophets, leading us by surfing the moment and seeing more in it than we ever could see.
The Good News is “Do not be afraid” because God has always been on the edge where we are now…interacting with us and the universe, calling forth and being called forth…never forcing, never dominating, ever interacting with us wherever we happen to be in our dreams of what is real.
These days, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions are waking from their dreams of what is real. In earlier times, people needed religious institutions as the educated advisors on how to live. Now, many people realize they don’t need religious institutions to tell them what to do or how to do it.
Today we need a different Church…one which helps us live on the edge the way God does..without fear so we can let go our defensive posturing and engage each other with a modicum of trust.
This new theology of God-on-the-Edge must hold “not knowing” as sacred as knowing. It must hold “letting go” as sacred as “holding on” and separateness as sacred as oneness, for ego is as important as spirit…that we might know the greatness of who we are, as well as the humbleness of our dependence on each other and the universe.
On the Edge of NOT knowing
I always thought of God as knowing everything, yet what, if instead, God is always on the edge of knowing?
What if God rides knowing on a wave, like we do? What if God surfs the wave of knowing by responding to the moment with the whole of God’s being as a champion surfer would?
The idea of a God which knows everything seems a fairy tale, a wish for something that seems like good lasting forever, but also something that ends the story.
An interactive God would be always there with us on each new wave of Unknowing, instead of being out there somewhere knowing it all, like some people do, like I do sometimes.
What if God were there with each moment, coming to know and be known by everything IN that moment, knowing as one does in the throes of becoming one with the other, in the crest and crash of the great wave, in the ebb and flow of the small everyday waves?
What if God is always on the edge of knowing like we are? Or what if we are always on the edge of knowing like God is?
(Watercolor on paper towel by Consilia Karli)