Epistle of Strawolution 5

Posted: November 26, 2018 by Ty in Brunch & Bible, Spirituality
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

A farcical childhood refrain against bullying. Trying to make the destruction words can wreck upon one’s psyche nothing more than water off a ducks back. Another being “I am rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.” Mantras. A way to remind ourselves we are more than how others see us. It is a hard discovery, and where one would say the pablum of Brother James’ writings take us next, but not the meat. And for anyone who has ever been emotionally or verbally abused, it does hurt just as much as getting the crap kicked out of you, if not more because overtime it can re-write your inner dialogue from the affirmation of being in the Holy Mystery.

For we enter into the third chapter, and it tackles the destructiveness of the tongue, but goes deeper into vocational understanding of life (Epistles of James 3. English Standard Version).

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 

Sadly, this verse has been used to discourage individuals who should teach from teaching. It is used as a weapon that if you do not fall within the indoctrinated “truth” of the community (regardless of religious/spiritual or secular) that your words do not matter. In fact, we will theologically/academically bully you into silence twisting facts to fit our own narrative of discredit.

This is a statement for those, like James, who are encountering rebuke and troubled waters to persevere. It is about knowing why you are called to be a teacher. That it is within you, not just an occupation, but a vocation. I would say to that it goes beyond teacher. Know who you are and within the community discover who you are meant to be…then live that out. For it is in true authenticity that you may be held to a higher standard, but a higher contentment awaits.

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

This is the reminder that words can structure reality. Just because one has charisma, or is able to create momentum based around quips and twitter policy. True teachers bring authenticity that will stand up to scrutiny. More to the point, true teachers/leaders bring forward ideas that broaden community and reduce harm, not increase it. That is the safety used with these analogies, proper movement and journey.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Within the early gatherings, as today, there is always the “grass is greener” mentality. We will leave this path, and jump on that one because there is more money, power, esteem, etc. It is the world of glamour over substance; breadth of spiritual growth over depth. It is a world where the false teacher can take hold because they do not force one to confront the shadow self that is holding back growth, they allow them to live in that which should be denied so the Holy Breath can be lived into.

We see this in political movements of hate today. We also see it in religious leadership and how easily they harm the least of these from the Roman Catholic Church to Willow Creek to Hillsong to the Jehovah Witness and the list goes on and on in the spectrum of sexual assault and abuse. The final authority resting with a few, never to be questioned, always to be protected. If you step out you will be shunned. So the words of truth become nothing more than spittle upon the forest fire hate and hunger for power/control and money has created.

It is one being consumed by the shadow. Evil taking hold. Feeding the wrong wolf within self.

Wisdom from Above

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Trust your inner voice.

It will guide you, it is only when we allow the “demonic” voices of oppression that have worked to strip away our Oneness… that is when it wins.

Where is the Holy Mystery guiding you?

What is your vocation of life?

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