World changes? Natural Disasters? 2012? End of the World Prophecies? Global Warming? Global recession? Government Corruption? Planets re-aligning? Poles Shifting? Earthquakes? Tsunamis? War and Famine? What’s it all about? Is it the rapture? Is the apocalypse near? Or……is it the birth of something new and wonderful?
Putting on the Prophet’s Hat
You do not need to be a prophet to recognize that we are in the midst of cataclysmic change…in the world and as a species. In truth, a prophet is simply one to can read the sign of the times. So putting on our prophet goggles, what do we see? War. Famine. Natural Disasters. Global Recession. Plaques. Government Corruption. Corporate Greed. Churches Dying. If we judge these things as “bad” and that is all we see, then we might summize that the end is near and we should all get ready for the rapture. I’m wondering if there might be another perspective?
Standing on my Soapbox
I need to make it very clear that I AM NOT a future-teller. I only see what I see and what I see I choose to perceive through the lens of love and hopefulness. Are we facing a decline in our economy, are churches dying, is capitalism failing, education struggling, medicine in chaos, the world at war? YOU BETCHA! However, I don’t believe that this is a bad thing. In fact, I think it is a very good thing….and this is why: EVERYTHING that is in conflict, decline, struggling – in our world and in our society are those things that were established upon the hierarchical-patriarchal model, rooted in fear and managed through greed, power and control. This hierarchical-patriarchal model has failed….and failed miserably. We need only look at the world around us to see that this is true. Interestingly, it is only since we embraced this model of interaction that we have known violence in our world. The time of the hierarchical-patriarchal model has come to an end. AND THANK GOD!!!!!
The Birth of Something New
So if everything we know that has been rooted in this hierarchical-patriarchal model is dying, what does that mean? On one hand….it means the end of all structures based in this model: church, medicine, government, education, the military, commerce. It even changes the way we look at and define our inter-personal relationships – especially marriage and parenting. YIKES! The death of these structures might feel scary….mostly because it is all we have ever known. The good news, however, is that something new is arising. We don’t yet know that that is….but if we look closely, I think we can see a glimpse of it on the horizon….or at least we can get a sense of what it might feel like. While I cannot propose to know what this something new might be….the following is my personal sense of some of its qualities and characteristics and what we might look for as a beacon of hope as we watch the old world die.
A Beacon of Hope
My sense of what is trying to be birthed and what the new world might look like is:
- A world rooted in love, motivated by compassion
- Working toward equality and justice
- Founded upon a model of collaboration
- Where all people are equal – regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation
- A world where we take the time to listen to each other and seek to discover our similarities while honoring our differences
- A place where all people are not only equal….but are honored as SACRED
- A place where all we have is shared and no one goes without
- A world where all people are treated with dignity and respect
Heaven on Earth
Call me a dreamer. Call me an idealist. Call me a utopian-minded liberal. But in the end, I believe that this is one of the things that Jesus was trying to teach us. Jesus showed us how to live a life centered in love and compassion and how to remember our truest nature as men and women of contentment and joy. What would happen if we actually put these teachings into practice? We just might realize that the Kingdom of God that Jesus spoke about so freely, is at-hand…right here in our very midst. Do we have the courage to open our eyes and see it?
“If those who guide you say, ‘Look, the Kingdom is in the sky.’ Then the birds are closer than you. If they say, ‘Look it is in the sea.’ Then the fish already know it.
The kingdom is inside you, and it is outside you.
When you know yourself, then you will be known, and you will know that you are the child of the Living God; but if you do not know yourself, you will live in vain.”
Gospel of Thomas Saying 3
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