Compensating For Salvation Work

tower of bodies

Some raving liberals and conservatives want to make it a law that it is mandatory to birth in hospitals.  The older I get (I don’t know how I’ve missed it before) I see the near-desperation to which people get to exert control over other people.  What in our nature makes us corrode to such a crazed spiritual state?  I’m reminded of the paintings depicting hell, the ones where there were all of these naked bodies stepping on and smashing each other to get to the top; but the scope of the paintings never showed ‘a top.’  Sure on the outside we’re composed and accomplished, and whatever ‘work’ we’re up to is for the benefit of humanity and/or the economy.  But our dirty naked and neglected souls!  We’ve long given up on what actually matters and go bustling about in the affairs of others’ and a myriad of vanities in hopes of, what?  Compensating for salvation work?

If one has the need for less government and culture, getting involved in elections and voting republican will only make the need more apparent; all one must do to achieve this is to ignore these institutions and take back his God-given right to free spirit.  And if one has the need for more government and culture, then I pray to let her be shepherded by Providence instead.  We should be realizing by now, that we will never agree, so instead of politics to solve (perpetuate) the debate, we need something bigger than our poor brains to mediate.  We need God.  We need God.  The saddest thing is the downright hatred that evolves from disagreements over ways of living.  I know God doesn’t speak to me the way he speaks to my neighbor, and I thank him for that.  He has unique ideas for each of us, and to not only argue that my way is better than my neighbor’s, but to let ourselves be brought to enmity and cursing, gnashing of teeth (there’s that painting again)…Well, it’s the reason there are blood-thirsty terrorists prowling the world.  I must check myself every day, to make sure I’m not trying to play God and claim power over other people.  What does this look like?  Constant silent praying and impromptu meditations.  I can’t do it on my own, for I’m just as susceptible to catching the domination-bug as anyone.

© 2016, Amaya Engleking

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3 comments

  1. Rebel Recovery · April 11, 2016

    I enjoyed reading this piece. A clear, beautifully written song for the soul. A.

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  3. 1waynecampbell · June 6, 2016

    Mathew 11:25-30 (The Message Bible) 25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

    27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

    28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

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