Clean and unclean

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.

                   What God has made clean, you must not call profane.                   —Acts 11.9

Since Cain and Abel we have struggled to free ourselves from the serpent's lie that we would know good and evil, making half of God's Creation into something not good, unclean, unacceptable, and crusading though the world with this sword, this bomb, piously wiping out whoever we judged to be deserving of ill and beyond our compassion. Terrorists of God we are, carrying out our jihad against God in the name of a purity that we only imagine, a division that does not exist. The real striving is against our own lie. The real discernment we are charged with is to see what God has made clean beneath the delusion of our judgment and to honor that divine gift. It is to see what gives life and what diminishes, to see what is love and what is less, and to purify ourselves in love. For judgment itself is profanity. Anything other than love is profane. When we are able to see the holy in every place and person, when we see with eyes of compassion, this alone is what breaks their chains. Destroying the illusion of their profanity, we set them free. We give life. We join together with God in the mending of the world, making all things clean, renewing Creation.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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