Have you ever known someone so clueless you just wanted to grab their shoulders, shake them, and say WAKE UP! While I am sure none of us would actually do that I am equally sure we have at least wanted to.
Do current events ever make you want to do this? Does watching what the organized “church” has become ever tempt you to grab someone and start shaking? It sure does me. It makes me angry. But then it makes me sad. I see things all around me every day that makes me so sad.
This is not the time for shallow Christians who just want to be entertained. It is not the time for Country Club Churches who want to exclude anyone who is not like them. This is not the time to try to take over the world with money and political power.
The passages in the New Testament that talk about Jesus getting angry used to confuse me when I was younger. Now I can relate. I also understand that underneath that anger was great sadness.
That sadness is only compounded by the realization that people can not be forced to awaken. People must come to the awareness of a God of love who is ever-present in, through and expressing as all of Creation — even those folks who drive us crazy.
So all we can really do is learn to control the anger, feel the sadness, but not let it lead us into despair. Now is the time to stay on our path, lead by example and be ready to listen to and provide guidance as asked by seekers. Ours is not to drag people kicking and screaming into the Kingdom of God but to stay on the path and show the way.