Recently, there have been several people from judges, to senators, to presidential candidates questioning their legal right to outright disobey a ruling from the Supreme Court ruling; should they rule in favor of marriage equality.
This idea of religious freedom (which I discussed in a previous article) is sparking a much needed debate about what it means to be a person of faith, an American, and to respect the constitution and the laws of the country. So fierce is this debate that over the past several months many people have been posing the idea and expressing concern that American is becoming a Theocratic state!
This is a very timely debate to have as it raises a great many questions for those willing to ask them…
Questions such as:
Who do we elect to govern our country, schools, cities, churches?
What criteria do we base our decisions on?
We respect, follow, admire and idolize certain people, why?
Which qualities, traits, and characteristics are we actually taking on, by who we follow, admire, respect, idolize?
Have we made graven images of our celebrities, pastors, politicians?
How do we transform not only the world but our own lives, our homes, communities, cities?
Where do I spend my time, energy, money, and is that the best investment I can make?
Am I content to run, hide, ignore, and blindly follow the blind; even if they are leading me over a cliff?
Keep in mind that these people are there to serve and help all of us to learn, grow, live healthy lives, evolve and prosper.
Question for you…
Do you know any professional singers that you think are not talented singers?
What about managers who do not manage well?
Any teachers who do not teach well?
Actors who you do not care for their acting skills?
So why do we expect all Christians or all Muslims or all of __insert any religion or spiritual path__ to be excellent examples or role models or leaders? Why do we expect all politicians to be true leaders of the people?
There are many doctors who care more about money than they do a patient’s health and well being and there are many Christians (and others) who care more about the dogma, damnation, and condemnation than they do about salvation, freedom, and love. Many are more obsessed with the idea of hell than that of heaven, the devil than God, and the wages of sin to such a degree that they place another’s sin above their own as though pointing out the sin of another will absolve them of their own.
I am reminded of stones and glass houses, planks in your own eye and yet you worry about the splinter in your brother’s, and who is without sin casting the first stone… seems many of these folks do not read, comprehend, or want to understand the scripture from anything more than a 3rd grade understanding.
Why do we find it easier to turn a blind eye or remain completely blindfolded?
Simply because that path is easier!
It is far easier to follow than to lead. It is far easier to place the responsibility on another than to take it on ourselves. It is far easier to blame and finger point and to sit back than it is to take authority for your life we live. Taking authority of our lives means being responsible, authentic, transparent, and empowered and that means risk!
Remaining hypnotized by the glamour and bling of Reality TV is easier than getting up of the couch and living to my fullest potential. Remaining hypnotized by the guilt, false hope and pseudo-faith that is often preached in a church is easier than taking on the power that Yeshua actually taught. It is easier to go to a church where I am bamboozled to believe that by tithing in excess to help my pastor buy a jet I will be blessed in like measure than to learn the principles and laws of true prosperity; it is easier to go to the supermarket and buy tomatoes than it is to grow them myself and to buy bread than make it myself!
It is easier to believe be angry at and blame a politician for the conditions of the country and the world than it is to take responsibility for the planet myself. Be honest, is it not easier to be led than to lead? Less fear, less accountability, less people looking to you for help, answers, healing, thus many prefer to remain blind, needy, codependent, and enslaved by fear.
As a former Fundamental Christian I understand the lure and hypnotic attraction of pointing a finger; I once was caught in the symbiotic parasitism where power is gained by judging, condemning, and vehemently preaching against sin!
As metaphysical practitioners what do we do when we read about or hear about various types of extremist activity (regardless of the religion or paradigm of belief)? What do we do when we see politicians who are sserving big business and not the people? What do we do when doctors and hospitals are in the business of pharmaceuticals i.e., money and not preventative care and healing? What do we do when our prison system is what is being funded as a “better” (more lucrative) financial investment than our educational system?
What do you do?
What is the most effective thing to do; from a metaphysical standpoint?
This is a multi-layered question and requires far more than a metaphysical bandage to pacify.
This all begins with each of us individually looking within and taking an honest assessment of who and what we are; what do we think, believe, and feel.
I have several personal practices that are effective for me, but as they say the practices work when I work them! There is a Facebook meme I see from time to time that says, “I burn incense, light candles, meditate and pray and there are still times I want to smack some people!”
And yes, I do in fact feel that way at times and give myself permission to feel it, deal with it, and heal it so I can get up and out in the community and do what I am here to do – serve to the best of my ability.
That getting to know me, getting to know ALL about me, while being an arduous task at times is a necessary one for me to become who I can be come and do what I can do!
The more time I spend arguing, the less time I have to serve.
The more time I finger point, blame, and tear down, the less time I have to offer a hand to build up.
Each of us will come to the truth in our own time and in our own way if the truth is what we desire to have.
Those who want to learn, grow, evolve, and transform will do so.
“When the pupil is ready the teacher will appear.”
It happened to me and brought me to my current path and I trust this will be true for YOU as well. So I do not worry about the country becoming a Theocratic dictatorship, don’t worry about the growing Religious fanaticism that seems to be running rampant. Do not waste anymore time focusing on what you fear may or will happen. If you see a building on fire do you stand there and bemoan the flames and the harm being done or do YOU pick up a bucket of water or a hose and you start putting the fire out? Start today and ask, what I do is what is mine to do?
What am I being called to think, say, and do to keep freedom and liberty alive and well, to shine my light, share my love, and tell my story?
Namaste * Om Shanti * Shalom * As-Salaam-Alaikum * So Mote It Be * E pili mau na pomaika`i ia `oe