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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!
A God who stepped back from Power and Control would definitely be Going Rogue.
Most people define God as the One with ALL the Power, ALL the Control. For them, no control/no power=no God.
What if God has no interest in controlling the world or the unverse, whether we think it needs controlling or not?
What if God has the power and yet steps back from it for love of us?
What if God, like a parent who has complete power over a growing child, continuously steps back from control so that we can mature, each into our own individual personhood?
What if God has no desire to be Over and Above us–any more than mature parents desire to be over and above their children?
What do you think?
Like it when people THINK they know you? Does it irritate you when people keep your image fixed forever, no change allowed?
Well, what makes us think that God likes being boxed in for millenium unending?
If God were an idol, that wouldn’t be problem. But to a Living God, that’s a big problem.
Guess that’s why so much scripture is devoted to ending idolatry. Idolatry is the “art” of boxing God into things, or words, or ideas.
Being idolized isn’t all it’s cracked up to be–whether people think good or ill of you. Problem is the boxes prevent relationship. You never get to be who you are to the person who boxes you. They never get to experience the real and ever-changing you!
Me, I just want to keep letting go of those neat, safe, little boxes so I can keep making space for what is Real…the Real other, the Real me, the Real Moment. I ask your prayer because it isn’t an easy thing to keep on doing, is it?
How about you?
A Very Different Image of God, NOT the God on a Throne.
GOD on a Throne is Almighty King, Lord and Master, Giver of laws, miracles, tests, graces and chastisements. This is the God Who is over and above and beyond us.
GOD on a Skateboard is an Interactive God, Alive, always moving, constantly responsive to the present moment. God on a Skateboard is about challenge, caring interplay, letting go, creating, re-creating and healing–making one. God on a Skateboard is free to move everywhere, tagging the universe with messages–”I am here and here and here.” This is the God Who is WITH us…not OVER us.
This God has no hierarchy to be in charge of, no universe to run, no servants to oversee, no legal or judicial system to manage . This is a God who interacts with every one, every thing, and every moment without exception…both Separate from and One with us. A God for fast-paced changing times, you think?See Who God is Not if you like this post.
There is only ONE God. God on a Throne is NOT God on a Skateboard, nor visa versa.
Yet we want both gods– the King responsible for and in control of everything and the One on the Skateboard who is WITH us through it all.
We can’t have it both ways. We can’t have the God we want, only the One Who is.
I don’t believe God was ever on a throne. …See http://wp.me/pLIvJ-4 for more God on a Skateboard.
Not an all-consuming need or desire,
Not an all-absorbing cultic oneness,
God is not a unity built on conformity, but a union based on dynamic interactive intercourse–giving and receiving, receiving and giving, letting go and creating.
This new paradigm for God’ love is based on the paradigm shift which human love has taken in the past 40 years.
At one time love was a hierarchy of one Over the other, one using the other, one hovering over/protecting the other. Alternatively, Love was viewed as an abandonment of self , the sacrifice of ego for the sake of the other. Now we know that ego is as important as human spirit. It is our uniqueness, our separateness while spirit is our oneness with all.
Love does not require the sacrifice of ego, only the discipline of ego so that it does not rule our lives and prevent us from experiencing the intercourse of giving and receiving, the intercourse of interactive oneness with another.
God is the kind of Love that holds back on its egoistic desire, makes room for other, gives no reason for attack and defense, finds strength in separateness and in union. Above all, God is the Love that believes totally in our goodness and hopes fervently that we realize the goodness we are in every moment.
What kind of love are you?