I have been an avid reader of this blog for because it inspires me to get out and do. I appreciate being able to contribute to something that I view as a valuable resource. If I am lucky, what I write might do the same for you.
“That’s What’s Up” is a song by the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It combines observations about life and love and uses the synergy of music to make them propulsive. It also points out what I believe should be the focus of a spiritual life. It ends with…
love is a shelter.
love is a cause.
love goes on forever.
yeah, love will leads us all.
love! it is our honor.
love! it is our all.
love goes on forever.
yeah, love it is our home.
yeah! that’s what’s up!
Listen to it here >>> http://soundcloud.com/edward-sharpe-mag-zeros/thats-whats-up
So much of Christianity in the media reflects the agenda of the rule makers and judges. They have misappropriated spiritual texts for their own political and/or economic gain. While this might be an effective way to gain votes or pass a law, it doesn’t inspire people to do the work that Jesus started. Instead, it inspires people to go picking through the Bible to find bits of sentences that support their world view or worse go through the Bible to find bits of text that justify their disgust for others. One of my favorite authors put texts into perspective for me when she (Karen Armstrong) told a story about great Jewish Sage, Rabbi Hillel.
A man asked Rabbi Hillel to teach him the entire Torah, the five books of Moses, while standing on one foot. And Hillel did. What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That’s the whole Torah, he said. All the rest is commentary. Now go and study.
This seems so applicable to all our lives. If we would simply start each day working on being compassionate towards other human beings we could use texts to shape a great world without undermining what is core to our beliefs.My challenge to you (and me) is to try living by The Golden Rule for one minute, or, one hour, or one day if you’re able. Get away from text, get away from this screen, but when you’re out there living let people know…That’s What’s Up