Eric's Sunday Sermon; Our Requirement of Secular Faith
Me and my buddy here go to church
Faith maybe a concept all it's own
If that sounds strange to you, you will like this piece. If it sounds right on the money you will like this piece. Let us explore the wonderful world of human faith.
Jump back my cowboy and cowgirl friends. Faith is what you have in me to write an article that is worth reading. I have no faith in my local big grocery store to take care of me. Don’t tell anyone but no matter how well I am doing I do not have faith in my government representatives. I love Susan Davis and have voted for her going on 1 billion times but….
For sure folks generally associate faith with God. And perhaps they should, but I suspect that is a result of religious usurpation of a concept. (I just love using Google and typing in a word and getting a definition – usually a fairly bad one ;-) But take this for what it is worth: “complete trust or confidence in someone or something. "this restores one's faith in politicians"?. Synonyms; trust, belief, confidence, conviction. That is what is listed numero uno. Nothing about God or religion or spirituality – wait – or is it? Me thinks this has some traction as an issue with secular faith. Oh what the heck? Let us go down this rabbit hole of a notion and see if we do not hit close to home on some of the thoughts.
“If it is not empirically and logically proven I do not believe it”. For sure we all get that. Maybe sometimes I lack faith in my little guy first grader, he kind of has to prove stuff sometimes or ELSE. But regardless of how that pans out there is a constant still between us. Yes that little four letter word, love. I have faith in his love for me and I am pretty sure he has faith in this big old softie’s love for him. Most folks think of God as an entity. Many of us think God is just pure love made manifest in man through God which is love. More energy than matter for sure.
In my home we think that cleaning and maintaining things from cars to clothing to our bodies make them work properly. So after we remain vigilante, our cars start, our clothing looks good and we stay healthy. There is just no two ways about it that around here we believe that good care creates a faith that things will work right. The rarity where this is not true is miniscule.
Baby if I had a hammer
I have faith that it will continue to rain
Faith in others
I have faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. Many not too bright people will tell you that is not faith but rather proven by some sort of scientific facts. They would be either very ignorant or lying to you. Totally false that there is any proof that the sun will appear in our sky tomorrow. Please that is just natural fact. But I have yet to meet a scientist who was not working on something that would not be completed before the sun rises tomorrow. And most have savings accounts and even children with no proof that the sun will appear again tomorrow. Sorry but Steven Hawkins has faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. And I hope you do also.
We have so much faith in ourselves that we literally have moved mountains sans miracle. We have faith that our food is safe to eat and our water safe to drink. The faith part is proven when so many people eat adulterated food and contaminated water. They assumed which is just another word for faith. Would you possibly strap your child into your car without faith that a drunk driver will not ram you and kill you both? How about those crazy light switches in the middle of the night.
I read novels based primarily on two things that are important. First my previous experience with the author and second someone else’s recommendation. I have faith in both. Perhaps you are reading right now and thinking this will go nowhere to a conclusion of any insight. Or perhaps you have an experience here that makes you think the wasted time reading this may profit you in some way. Thanks for your faith in me. Two issues with my wife. She will always tell the truth, I have full faith in this. And she will not care whose feelings she hurts in expressing the truth. The past secures my faith in the future. Not logical just faith. Shooting craps is a completely random concept. The dice could just as logically add up to 4 100 times in a row as 1 time. A gambler has a faith that it will or will not.
Grandma we have faith is now in heaven
Down south here where it is hard to know Mexico from down the street we have faith good lives are possible.
I got the faith baby -- join me!
How about our health and the health of loved ones. How many times have we seen, in theatrics or real life that, the one on their deathbed proclaims “if I would have only known I would have…” It totally shows a faith that the death will occur and is logical. But why am I preparing to plant my garden, or even my son’s meal? I don’t think we bet that life continues, but instead we have great faith that it will. Without faith we have no secular reason to accept 1 hour from now and certainly not 20 years.
I think we have to come out and say that secular faith is exactly the same faith as spiritual faith. They are both a leap of faith. Just because religions use the term as though it is only their word to use does not mean the secularist should shy from it in their own lexicon and understanding. I had two oncologists once. One gave my odds of survival at about 60%, the other at 3%. But both were willing to take on the chemotherapy and fight the odds. I picked the one with 3%. The reason was simple, that doc had more faith based on odds. Others like the other because it gave them more hope. Hope and faith are different. I would say in my secular and spiritual lives I generally do not hope for, I have faith that. Just a point of thought.
Well folks I do hope that you read the forgoing with a grace of accepting that it was totally with a desire to spawn thought. There is this deal that comes down pretty heavy; “faith, hope and charity” and the greatest of these is charity. Here I use a Catholic meaning of charity which is love, that is made manifest which is the only real love.
So there we have it as so often is the case. Faith can be like a mathematical equation that has proven true time and time again. Or it could be like a dude like me sees it. A knowledge that through love things will continue and faith will always be restored.