In keeping up with social media, watching television, and seeing the news, I have noticed that many people are having a hard time reconciling their faith in the current social and political climate. Recently one gospel music singer made headlines for a political choice she made based on her faith, church leaders are having to decide where they stand and why. It seems that never has there been such a time in which religious people, in particularly Christians, have had to determine where they stand. What is the reason for this turmoil and why are believers in a tense situation?
The Course of Miracles discusses the two emotions (energies) at work in the Universe, and those are: LOVE and FEAR. Historically, religious leaders have used the fear energy as a tool to keep adherents faithful to doctrine. The thought of a horrible death in an Armageddon, eternal damnation in a fiery Hell, or and misfortune of living a terrible sinner’s life, instilled a fear that kept many “faithful.” God was nothing more than a judgmental separatist looking to divide us. Nevertheless, this faith was in this fear not necessarily faith in God. In modern times, people have denied this fear and replaced it with love choosing to live more authentic lives (no matter what that may be to them), and many who insist on living in their “old wine skins” (Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:21-22 and Luke 5:33-39) are resisting the changes. This leaves many of them living in the personal hell of defense, worry, stress, etc. They appear unable to adapt to this new awareness and consciousness and they are feeling the strain. In addition, many are being publically called to declare their stance.
What we must remember is that God has always been dynamic, ever changing and the epitome of LOVE. People are separating the God energy that doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8) from the enfoldment of Spirit in man. Simply put God hasn’t changed, man’s awareness of the nature of God is. In today’s climate there is a mass of people opening their hearts to looking beyond the visible and focusing on the UNITY OF SPIRIT that connects us all. So now they are looking past race, gender, sexuality, ability, economic status, nationality, and of course religion. In fact, the world is becoming more inclusive. What is coming to the surface are example of either acting out of FEAR OR LOVE. These could be disguised as politicians, protest, movements, etc. The fact is people are having to decide if their faith aligns with LOVE or FEAR.
This is not the first time when an adjustment of faith has had to occur. In fact, this is a common occurrence in the evolution of man to Spirit realization. In 1517 when Martin Luther placed his 95 theses on the Catholic Church this led to a realignment movement (The Protestant Reformation) that challenged the very nature of how Christians practices their religion. In the 1950s and 1960s many people were called to show where their faith lied during the Civil Rights Movement when Martin Luther King challenged everyone. especially people of faith to stand up for justice. We are given many opportunities in life to demonstrate if we will resist in fear or evolve to love.
So then, how to reconcile your faith? For me and mine I always choose to side with LOVE and NOT FEAR. My foundation is build on the teachings of the Christ, who said “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John13:34). I follow the teachings of the Buddha “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law” I build my foundation on love and that which doesn’t look like love I do not give power. With this foundation, adapting isn’t hard, in fact it is required. Reconcile your faith in total, unfiltered, unconditional love for all, and then you will not question your faith, you will be able to grow more in your connection to the Source of all, and will not experience the “HELL” of resistance.
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson