In our human efforts to understand the universe around us, we develop models to explain the observations we make. These models constitute representations of what we often label the “real thing.”
Models include people, both current and historic, like for example, Jesus. A key element in this human model-making process is an inconsistency between what we observe and the model we currently hold.
These inconsistencies-which I label as anomalies–are common when it comes to the religion. The following poem highlights anomalies between the way a Christian society conducts itself, and the teachings of the person of Jesus.
Listening to the Still Small Voice of Jesus
Deep in the depths of prayer, in a meditative state
between awake and Enlightenment,
The Still Small Voice of Jesus whispers:
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselvesand take up their cross and follow me. (1)
But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor,
and everything will be clean for you. (2)
Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor,and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me. (3)But the message was garbled by my Christian education.
Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God. (4)
Splatter of bloody body parts against pock-marked walls
of children blown apart by drone-dropped ordinance,
then over the justifying shouts of “collateral damage.”
But there was only silence from the pulpit. (5)
So I asked Martin Luther and Emperor Constantine (6) to step aside…
Put your gun back in its place,for those who draw the gun will die by the gun. (7)
Kill the bad guy before the bad guy kills you. (8)
In a flash of light-filled clarity, Jesus’ Still Small Voice became a glorious chorus of spirit-filled souls, now unfilteredby the dual millennia of human distortion.
Woe to those who make unjust laws,to those who issue oppressive decrees,to deprive the poor of their rights and withholdjustice from the oppressed of my people (12).
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. (14)
Scoundrels use wicked methods,
they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just. (16)
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. (17)
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. (18)