You are reading or listening to something and all of a sudden your body just stops. Something is wrong. The words don’t quite make sense, but you don’t know why.
You let it sit. The thought moves to the back of your mind as you go about your day, and then, it resurfaces and you know.
In Brad Hirschfield’s “You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right”, a comment on page 242 did just that.
Hirschfield was referring to Yishayahu Leibowitz’s theology that “nothing is inherently holy.”
Leibowitz, a Jewish scholar, determined through his study and life that it is we, humans, who determine what is holy. Hirschfield summarizes this by stating “Places and objects become sacred because of what we invest in them, and it is our investment that is sacred” (pg 242).
I have to disagree. The very first chapters of Genesis, and additional scriptures, demonstrate otherwise. God created, God saw it was good. All things come from God – the stars and moon, the asphalt and subway cars. All things, the very atoms and empty space, quarks and those things we still do not know of.
It is us who do not see the sacred, the holy. It is us who do not acknowledge that all that we are, and all that surrounds us, is scared.
It is us who diminishes and denies God’s creation, warping it, abusing it, and denying it’s connection to God.
Even bombs and guns are inherently scared, yet it is us who defile the metal and chemicals by using them to slaughter innocents. Using the sacred to kill the sacred. How deep evil has entered into our lives!
Yet, it is so hard to honor the sacredness of everything. It is hard to honor and value all, as it takes time and a revolution of thought, a transformation from the inside out.
To value the plastic of a small Lego block on the floor, a rock by the roadside, and the child sold into slavery by a desperate parent, is a shift in perspective. It is something you, we, I, may believe, but do we live it? Do we see the holy in all of God’s sacred creation?
God, help us to see Your sacred creation, and honor it as You desire it to be. Help us to not supersede Your creative powers, taking Your invitation to name and discover farther than You intended. Help us to see the sacred for what it is. Amen.