Yesterday the Old Fool challenged those who passed his door to consider the contrast between the nations of this world and the Kingdom of God. The contrast I highlight is the method of governance. One rules by law, the other rules by love. That, I think, is the way it is, but then . . .
I struggle to grasp the approach presented by Richard Rohr which he defines as nondualistic thinking. (If you are not acquainted with Richard Rohr’s thinking click here to go to his youtube lectures.) Can it be that what I see as two in my usual dualistic thinking is really one, as perceived in this newer style of nondualistic thinking?
If I were to think in the nondualistic style, could I not see that the love of God is infiltrating and overwhelming the nations and their laws: like light over powering darkness, like salt permeating to preserve, like leaven leavening the whole loaf, like love that never fails? Is this Pollyanna or is it divine truth? (I invite Raymond’s critique of my words. He has grappled with this concept longer than I have.)
Last morning the old fool was startled by two contrasting obituaries in the Elkhart Truth. Emily Ann died only minutes after her birth in the hospital. In contrast, Elizabeth entered the hospital on about the same day that Emily Ann was born, and died. She was 94 , yet she breathed for five more days before passing away. That seems grossly unfair. How can it be that one person is given only a few minutes of life outside the womb while another is given an extraordinarily long life to enjoy, live, grow, gain knowledge and be wise? Where is the Just One? Who will account for this injustice? Who made me the judge of the Judge who determines between fair and unfair?
In conversation with God about the potential destruction of Lot and family with Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham chided God, “Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” Yet God appears to my dualistic mind to permit many injustices to be done in our world.
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