“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” – Gautama Buddha
My problem with you. You, that can quote verse on verse. You, that believe you have been granted the power to “judge the quick and the dead”. You, that shines a light on all sins but your own. You, that uses fear as redemption rather than love and compassion. You, that have all the answers before the questions have even been asked. My problem with you is simple, you are a slave to your ignorance and your arrogance with the intent of pulling others down rather than lifting us up.
You Christian scholars, you men and women so assured of your rational and reasoning. What mysteries of life are left for you? What relationships are here for you to nurture and hold sacred? You have cast your die and filled your basket with images of a lonely resurrection. You have turned your backs on those whose lives, situations and vices fill the pages of your book, but you skip those verses, those lines written in red.
You have taken holy words and applied them to yourself, believing that you are the poor, you are the hungry, that you weep, that you are hated, excluded, and insulted that you are the ones the world has trampled upon. This is your picture, the picture you have created of yourself, painted blindly with brush strokes of judgment, and hate.
My problem with you is the problem you have with the rest of the world, a world you have decided is unworthy of a Kingdom of God as your Savior has asked of you to fulfil. So you wait. For a promise of riches foretold when in fact they are already here, waiting for your attention and your love. But still you wait and the need grows, and Christ’s request of you goes unanswered.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High,because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:32-36