So narrow so sad

Last week I wrote about fear blinding us.

Fear feeds our insecurities. Common sense says that we look at reality so that we can know reality.

Sadly some hold a position and with the selective looking search for ‘evidence‘ and  ‘prove‘ for their a priori held positions.

 

When confronted by difficult situations some take refuge in simplistic solutions.

Often ‘Something‘ or someone is demonised as the cause of the problem.

 

Witch hunts are a typical example of blaming in a simplistic way to try to find a solution to disturbing things.

 

Conspiracy theories thrive on this type of simplistic and narrow thinking.

 

Jesus said that the truth sets us free.

 

Because of Jesus and His message, we do not have to resort to blame or fear.

 

Jesus came to bring Good news and hope.

 

He came to set us free from fear and sin.

He taught us to be compassionate.

 

The ones who really upset Him were those who kept people ‘out’.

 

They kept tax collectors, publicans, lepers, those born with disabilities, adulterers, sinners etc out, ‘bad’ people.

 

Did Jesus condone sin? Of course not!

However, He gave hope to sinners, He believed that they could grow, be born again. He accompanied them.

He did not cut them off or treat them harshly. He loved them. He gave them hope so that they could change and grow.

 

Paul reminds us that if we do anything without love, even good things, it is useless!

 

I come across the condemnatory judgmental angry treatment of sinners and I do not hear love behind it.

In fact, they treat those who want to be compassionate as ’wishy-washy‘.

 

Jesus helps us to live with hope and compassion in messy situations.

 

Faith helps us to transform fear into love.

We can see the big picture. We can experience the freedom of the children of God.

 

We do not have to retreat into narrow fundamentalism. We can embrace hope and uncertainty.

‘I do not know where I am going, I do not know what lies before me, but it does not matter as long as I am lost in the heart of my creator.’

– Charles de Foucauld

 

The radical love of Jesus liberties us to love radically.

 

 

 

 

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