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Approval or Not ~

tuptdownWhen is it right action to approve or disapprove of an action or word? That is a pretty heavy question, and I am not sure I am going to be able to enlighten others as sometimes I, too, get confused on this one. Y’shua told us not to judge. He was adamant about it. So it is something we need to be aware of on a daily, minute by minute basis. Yet, every decision we make is a judgment of one kind or another, so what is it all about?

Personally, I feel that it has very much to do with the entanglement in others lives spoken of in the last post. When we mind the business of our neighbor so closely we know how many trips he made to the store yesterday, we are crossing his boundaries, a place we should not be. And the comment, “I don’t know why Harry or Sally have to go to the store so often, you’d think they’d make a list and get it all at once.”, Is just the kind of judgment Y’shua was talking about. The only time it’s our business when our neighbor is going or coming is if that very action is messing with our boundaries, i.e., they are making loud noises at 2 am and we are trying to sleep, or they are stomping around and slamming doors so the cake we are baking flops. In other words, if their actions are causing some part of our world to disintegrate is the only time what our neighbor does is any of our business.

This is a tough one, I know, as there are many messages out in the wide world that encourage us to snoop on our neighbors. True, I do not want drug parties in my neighborhood, and would want that sort of thing stopped. But, there again, that’s because something of that sort causes  my neighborhood to disintegrate, so it is my business. But, that’s justransparent-canoe-kayakt it, isn’t it? How far do you go in finding out if something is going on that will affect you, do you wait until it does? That may be too late.

For me, the answer has been to live so transparently there is no cause for others to spy on me. What they see is all there is, becuase I truly don’t try to hide things. I know that is not an answer for everyone, but that, too, is probably the result of people minding business not theirs. It does seem a shame that we cannot seem to mind our own boundaries and leave others in peace. It would be quite a different world if we could.

Grace ~

I suspect this is going to turn out to be a continuation of the post on the Sermon on the Mount. Grace is such an enigmatic concept that I fear most Christians just don’t get it. They sing about it, they write about it, they preach about it, but they do not practice it.

If a person believes that Calvin was right, and that all mankind is full of depravity and “wrongness” and that the only way to be “saved’ is to believe in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, why is there this constant barrage about particular “sins”? One of my pet peeves with those who supposedly believed the rabbi from Gallilee, is that they seem to know nothing of who he was and what he taught, and didn’t teach. Four gospels were kept of all the accounts that were written about him and what he had to say. Only four! And not one of them records him as having said anything about being Gay!

The biblical commentary about that lifestyle is all in the Tanakh, what Christians call the Old Testament. And even here you are incomplete!! I will not call the bible holy. Your predecessors picked and chose which books were put into the so called holy writ from the Torah to the accounts of the rabbi’s life! You speak of the blood red line from Genesis to Revelations like it was some great prophetic explosion of knowledge, never reckoning with the fact that that was the compilers’ intention, nor that in so doing the collection was rendered helplessly incomplete. Even your Paul would have shuddered to see what you excluded from the compilation you call your Holy book!

Y’shua did not comment on being gay in the Sermon on the Mount, but he did speak of ordinary shortcomings like lust and judging others before you look into your own soul, and being an ordinary human being and adultery, the results of lust. Why not preach continually to your own tendency to pick a spouse and then discard same when the one you promised eternal fealty no longer suits you? Oh, that would be uncomfortable to preach that sermon in your church, too many of your congregation are divorced. But nobody practices a gay lifestyle, at least not openly, so that’s a safe “sin” to preach against.

Prayer from the heart . . . .

Prayer from the heart . . . .

It must gall you that you can no longer use the argument that same gender relationships are not natural. With all the research now in evidence that the gay tendency is a product of over-crowding, why don’t you preach against having too many children? Oh, I forgot, that’s blessed in Genesis. My guess is that those who harp unendingly about the Gay lifestyle are jealous that the “boys” are having too much fun. Stop worrying about somebody else having all the fun and leaving you out and worry about the progress of your own soul toward the high calling that Y’shua came to show us.

Learn to love. Learn to forgive. Learn to pray. Learn to abide. Learn to mind your own business and walk the good walk yourself, then you won’t have so much to worry about when you meet the One whose job it is to judge, eh?  Walk as though you were given the best gift ever, then I will know you understand grace.

The Sermon on the Mount ~

This, to me, is more the way the young rabbi from Galilee looked. Not a blond, not even fair haired. Not necessarily swarthy either, just not Swedish. I have always pictured him with a smile on his face. Don’t get me wrong, I do know about the time when he made a scourge and cleared the temple, he was not without a temper.

I have also long since come to the conclusion that he did not have any intention of founding a new religion. I think he’d have laughed at the idea and asked the querent why? There was only one Hashem, did we need 20 thousand different sets of rules to honor the Ancient of Days? When he sat down to teach, he did not say there would be a new way to do things, no, instead, he spoke of a newness of heart. He spoke of obedience to the Spirit of the Law, not just the Law.

In fact, if you look carefully at the Sermon in Matthew, starting around chapter 5, you will note that it is actually a bit sarcastic. There was never a time when men walked around with staves in their eyes, yet he spoke of removing the log from your own eye before you tried to help your brother get the splinter out of his. He spoke about men and lust, addressing the idea that if a man so much as looked at a woman with desire he had already commited the act with her in his mind. I don’t believe for one minute that he didn’t have urges like any other man, he was just pointing out the futility of judging others for something that occurred every five minutes for every man in that crowd.

He talked about lighting a candle and putting it under a bowl, and if that wasn’t a bit of sarcasm, there is no such thing. Duh! He talked about anger with another human itself being tantamount to murder, he who cleared the temple with a whip! He told people that if their hand caused them to sin to cut it off. He was not a masochist, nor the teacher of such a twisted way of thinking, he was pointing out, dear folks in a gentle and maybe not so gentle way, that judgment of others was a losing game, not our job!!

Now, was he expecting that all would go out right then and there and start living a debauched life? NO! That was not the point at all! He was talking about the fact that your faith is something that should be lived between you and Hashem and leave your neighbor alone to live his life without your interpretation or interference, not because there did not need to be law keepers or magistrates, but because gossip and it’s cousin false judgment will surely destroy a people more quickly than a war in your very midst!!

I keep coming back to this, and I suspect I am just talking to empty air, but, folks, Y’shua was not after teaching you the law, there were already 600+ mitzvot that covered pretty well every act of mankind, some even not for discussion in polite company, he was after teaching the heart of the law. That, again, is compassion.  Read that sermon again, and ask the Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Holy Breath or Holy Spirit) to show you what the real message was. It’s not how to dissect your neighbor’s eye, it’s how to live as a whole human being, loving your fellows.

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