Eric's Sunday Sermon; For the Love of God?
I have no clue what is in this boy's head. I think he was out in never never land.
God is not a thing!!
Oh how mighty we become when we do things for the love of God. But hold on here just a second. Do we also do things for the love of our fellow human? Well by golly we hope so. We just cannot overlook what we do that is good for our fellow as being done just for them. Don’t worry I will pull up some scripture that validates humanitarianism as a critical part of spirituality. For sure this is in the top three really important lessons of living a life that is good and honorable. And you know what? We should add love of earth to the equation.
In this wonderful book that I normally read twice daily they have a really cool commandment for living. The writing goes something like this: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" You will find it in a “book” written by a physician historian named Luke. It is just so cool. For sure it is OK to be like your author here and live with your head in clouds seeking connection with your God. But it is not OK to stay there so much that you do not love your neighbor.
There are some who believe and espouse that loving means admonition and correction. Somehow that is not a gift I have. With my children, if I cannot show a better way then I should keep my hands to myself and my admonition in check. I have never found a need to correct others. I do not like it when you do it to me, so what I must do is love you as myself. For sure easier said than done. Or hold on a second. Perhaps easier done than thinking about it.
“Don’t do that”. That is malarkey. “Let me show you a different way”, is where it is at. Is that doing it for God or for them?
This child thinks whatever he is doing is rad, I must shut up and appreciate.
Just lighten up and enjoy the theatrics. I like the women gangsters.
How about? "For God's sake". Maybe we should hold off on that concept.
Here is a strange dichotomy. In raising my children and coaching youth and preaching with children I emphasize that they should not act to please another. They must act in a goal of self-satisfaction. Doesn’t that sound self-centered and ego driven? Well now slow down with your judgment. That wonderful story of love above tells us to love another as we love ourselves. Can we see that point that we must love ourselves fully first. If you self loathe yourself is that how you love your neighbor? Setting a standard for yourself and really trying to achieve it is far more important than meeting my expectations.
However with all that said, the greatest gift in life is doing for others. This seems contrary to doing things for yourself. Well I am sorry but there is just a plain reality that one could even call a Holy mystery. Nothing does more for us than helping another. So you might even find yourself as a “helping others junkie”. And of course we all get co-dependency. That is where the rubber hits the road. And that brings us back to needing to set our own standards and try like hell to live up to them. For sure for people who love you, doing well is a gift of love to them. Kind of crazy.
This is a good time to reflect on the title here “For the Love of God?” When we do good for ourselves are we doing it for God or for humans, ourselves included? Do we need to say a prayer out loud or write it down? A God would already know what is in our heart. So it would seem we write down or say it aloud for ourselves or others.
Judge the people but love the message.
They have these things called "floating farms", 3,000 years old and we are just getting around to them.
Hey this is really a good part!
Let us look at doing it for God. It would seem that that is like doing it for the universe. At least our universe. A bummer happens here, we must do a good thing there. We cannot expect our actions to present in a form of perfection. And we must accept that there is a balance because we ourselves and we as humanity make mistakes. I made someone feel bad, so I must make someone feel good. I failed so I must succeed. And when I do it for God I must also do it for myself and for you. A trinity of life balance and wellness. There is this cool psalm in 82 that says quite specifically and Christ repeats it “"I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.' Well let me tell you that if you do good to my sons you do much more than well for me. In this we must find self love in order to pass that along to other love. Brother Joe does his best. In fact does he not do that for me? Mother Theresa never healed my wounds of fed me or loved me. Or did she by loving another? Yep she loved me by loving another. There is this other cool concept, let me see if I can recall it is written by a great guy we call Mathew around the end of 25 of his book – if you do not do it for the least of these you also have not done it for God. Something like that.
Combine that with the notion that we are all gods and you have a full circle. Wow. I want to write this in all caps and scream it at you, but I listen to soft spoken more than someone who yells. If you do not act you do not act for you and you injure yourself and that harms me. Thank you very much for helping the homeless but you should really thank yourself more.
Now there is a way to wrap this all around us and reconcile. Yep you guessed it – love. I do not care if there are one million definitions of love, you know the kind of love I am talking about. A long time ago I was called upon to defend a Canadian Native North American in a capital murder case. I know we are all guilty and I know we are likewise all innocent. A single act or charge against us does not change our guilt or innocence. Yes we kind of won the trial. No death sentence and no life sentence. But that rather guilty lady kept repeating to me to walk in beauty. This was a native saying. It means to become that which is beautiful and that is love and walk in all ways in love. I like the phrase “in love”. We use it to mean a couple. But it is so much more. “In Love” means that love is in you. An all powerful force of life. An energy force that is not reconciled by our thoughts but rather by our souls.
I am a silly old bastard I cry over puppy dogs and love shown.
Please go back up and listen to sometimes we cry.
So when we act in love we do it for the trinity of God, others and ourselves. You get to pick your vision of God, others and yourself.
So reread the title here and think of the other concept of “the Love of God”. It is not an intention it is a way of being. We may act not so much to love our God, but rather to be loved by God.