Legislating Faith

Kids buckled in behind me as I drive down the road – wondering about their futures, about mine, about our family’s.

I turn on the radio to try to stop thinking, and dance music, seemingly from my high school year in Germany, fills the car.  I caught a few words….”wake me up it’s all over, when I’m wiser and I’m older, all this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.”

Some people have theme songs, but this is definitely this blog’s anthem.

Wake Me Up – by Avicii

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to startThey tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
Hope I get the chance to travel the world
But I don’t have any plans

Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

Didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know (didn’t know, didn’t know)

I just love this song.  I love that my daughter and I love to dance to it, but I especially love the words.

Our lives get so messed up by cultural norms, family traditions, and religious expectations.  There are molds all around – molds that help keep us from killing each other – but also molds that prevent us from being who God created us to be.

Who says that one mold fits all?  That we have to fit into something…just because it works for someone else?

Well, the Bible does.  Right?  Doesn’t the Word of God lay it all out?  It’s the Word of God after all, right???

Well, here is the “Word of God” given to the Corinthians through Paul:

So a person should think about us this way-as servants of Christ and managers of God’s secrets.  In this kind of situation, what is expected of a manager is that they prove to be faithful.  I couldn’t care less if I’m judged by your or by any human court; I don’t even judge myself.  I’m not aware of anything against me, but that doesn’t make me innocent, because the Lord is the one who judges me.  So don’t judge anything before the right time—wait until the Lord comes.  He will bring things that are hidden in the dark to light, and he will make peoples motivations public.  Then there will be recognition for each person from God.   (1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Common English Bible)

If all of what God wants us to know is in the Bible, all the standards that God wants us to live by is there on the printed page, what is Paul talking about when he says that those things that are hidden will come to light?  What is Paul talking about judgement and innocence and waiting until the Lord comes?

Christ came to shatter the myth of human intellect, human superiority, human judgement….and help us embrace God’s love and redemption.  Yet, we still find ways to fall into the trap of fitting into an earth made mold – even if in disguise of God’s revelation to us.

When I listen to this song, “Wake Me Up”, I wonder how many of us need to wake up.  How many of us have become blinded by our need to know we are on the right path, that we are saved, that we have been given the answers by God through the Word and planted in our hearts by the Spirit.  Somehow we are certain that we know and they don’t know…

and we start closing ourselves off to God.  We start seeing that God can only work one way, speak one way, rule one way.  We live within a mold limited by human mortality – rather than the immense, unknowable, undefinable reality of God.

And we begin to think we are lost….when we have already been found.

Uncageable God – help us realize that it is You who helps us on our journey – a journey that You have created and ordained in ways our faith and our science does not understand.  Helps us not to limit You for ourselves, or for others.  Amen.

About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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