Ek is op reis. Selfs my bestemming is vir my onseker. Ek sou dit met baie Bybelse woorde kon beskryf, maar selfs daardie woorde sou net ‘n vae beskrywing wees van waarheen ek regtig op pad is. In my op reis wees neem ek dikwels ander mense se woorde as rigtingwysers. Een van hulle is Leonard Sweet. Ek haal vanoggend ‘n stuk van Leonard Sweet aan uit “Out of the Question – Into the Mystery.:
“Biblical faith is not about living a moral life. Thats religion. Biblical faith is not about living the “good life”. That’s capitalism. Biblical faith is about living the GodLife. An abundant life with the living God is living in a GodLife relationship.
Obedience, in the biblical sense is not “doing what you are told.” Obedience is living relationally, even “indivisibly,” with the Holy One so that we honor, uphold, receive, and follow all that God is and that God is calling us to become. Biblical obedience means living in the light of who God is as much as in submission to what God says. Thats obedience in relationship.
To speak the truth about God, you must know God. And to know God you must love God. And to love God you must be in a relationship with God. Christians are relationship fundamentalists: We put the primary relationship at the beginning, making it the foundation of all else we do and say. The primary relationship of life is a relationship with the one true and holy God. Everything else follows.
Faith in God is less “do I believe this or that about God?” than “can I accept that God loves me and chooses me?” Faith is not a discovery of something higher than I, but being discovered by a power higher than I and being caught up in that higher-power rlationship. The truth of Christianity is not a metaphysics or reason (which requires statements) but a metaphysics of relationships (which requires embodiment).
Many documentary films have been made about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In one, an interviewer for the BBC went on a walkabout with Mother Teresa through homes for abandoned babies, children, orphans, and the dying. At a certain point Mother Teresa stopped and became the interviewer: “Why are you asking met all about my work, and asking me nothing about my Employer.?”
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