Forgetting to be Human

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We have forgotten what it means to be human; the evidence abounds.

Read the paper, weep, resist, pray, and then live a fully human life.

Created in God¢â‚¬Ëœs image with extraordinary spiritual, intellectual, creative, moral and relational potential, we squander our greatness on lesser pursuits and wonder why we feel restless and empty.

While globally 30,000 children die daily due to malnutrition and preventable diseases, children in the West spend hours in elaborate, addictive “interactive virtual reality” games. Unaware of a sense of mission and meaning in real life they turn to a vacuous wasteland of mind numbing entertainments and “not-pretty” diversions.

In the political arena spin obfuscates reality, and candidates spend billions of dollars to get elected, so they can acquire or hang onto power, which is then wielded on behalf of large faceless special interest groups.

In religion the marketing machine produces converts attracted to religious celebrities who are generally workaholics, unavailable to their families, saving the world and losing their own souls.

Whether in Hollywood, politics or religion the story is the same a young person with passion and vision, unable to discern purity of motive from a raw, naked desire for power or notoriety and fame, enters the fray. Early successes fuel the quest trade-offs must be made. Must be at this meeting or that, must sacrifice this daughter’s soccer game, son’s piano recital, anniversary dinner with the spouse. The noble cause trumps the noble life until the choices become a way of life and then there is no life worth living.

Dulling the pain requires stimulants, entertainments, diversions, sensations “let me feel” is our cry. The pure feelings produced by love of God, family and our neighbor, or a walk on a sunny day or in a light rain are displaced by cheap, imitative, virtual or ‘extreme’ experiences. Spiritual humans become sensate humans enslaved to our substandard lives, needing to pay the mortgage, unable to disentangle from the consumerist webs. The mighty fall evangelicals being no exception.

One day a trumpet heard by the entire planet will sound, but we’ve waited 2,000 years and we are fools to believe that day is the beginning of the abundant life promised by messiah Jesus. In the now, we who know God listen for and hear the king’s music today. We dance a different dance we are the resistance, we are summoned to be the creators, we see the truth and say it.

We are called, not to be Christians, but to be fully human.

In the words of songwriter Nick Cave’s chorus, “There is a kingdom. There is a king¢â‚¬¦. And He is everything.”

Fully human, we embody the words penned by British poet Arthur O’ Shaughnessy:

We are the music makers.
We are the dreamers of dreams.
We are the movers and shakers.
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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