The Internet often makes me rage-y . It wastes huge swathes of time, it enables bullying, it implants stupid ideas in peoples heads and…well, porn. But the one thing that I love about it is its such a democracy. People can have their say and share ideas without having to earn the blessings of a publishing company.
The exchanging of ideas is fabulous. Every time I log on its like Renaissance Italy in my bedroom. reading an article that inspires a while flow chart of ideas is my idea of a good time.
( Incidentally ? Over at ? Was inspired to write a post based on my be still post the other day)
One article that was chock full of rich and idea- inducing concepts was here
Roger Wolsey discusses the way that many people identify as being ‘spiritual but not religious’, And he sees that, in many cases, this ‘spirituality’ begins and ends with the individual. There is no involvement in a community; no give and take or communing. Being involved in an organised religion involves the need to give a damn about the needs of others. He believes that you can’t follow Jesus by yourself.
By yourself at the moment? Cool. God is with you. But Jesus isn’t really with you unless another person is in your presence –- someone who you can heal, and can heal you; someone who you can forgive, and who can forgive you; someone who is in need and you can help, and they can help you with your needs.
That’s some pretty profound stuff.
When I decided that I really needed to get a handle on this whole God situation, I decided that I needed to get myself to Church. It took me a good year to get up the courage to actually find one, and it’s now, in my third year, that I don’t feel self conscious ( most of the time). But it had been important for me I meet with and spend time with other Christians.
Many people that I know say that they can be ‘ good without religion’ which is, of course, true. But there is something about the belief that we have a commission to make life better for the poor and needy that has made myself, for example, far more committed to giving a proportion of my income to charity. I do it because I think that it is our duty; those of us in the first world must help others.
And since I have identified more with Christianity I have become absolutely more committed to giving to charities. Giving 10 % of your Income is a good benchmark, I think.
Jesus wasn’t happy with the status quo, he wasn’t happy with the inequity that he saw around him and he was prepared to kick some arse to change things. That’s a significant part of Christianity.
The gospels are about shaking things up and making changes. Finding yourself and mediating and hosting a Goddess circle and nurturing your inner child are spiritual things that I’m not criticising as such, but if that is the be all and end all of your spiritual outlook then something is lacking. Christianity makes it core business seeking justice, loving others and helping the orphans and widows.
That’s why being ‘religious rather than spiritual’ wins for me every time.
ETA- I may have published this by mistake earlier. I was still writing, but this WordPress App is doing my head in. Apologies if you were emailed a very rough, title- less draft. But let’s all celebrate mediocrity- yay!