Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The call to be truly oneself

Moses and the Burning Bush
Image from Wikimedia Commons

I have loved the saying quoted below for a long, long time.

Here's my question: Why is it so common in the church today that its members are put under pressure to conform to someone else's conventional idealization of the kind of people they should be?

Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya.

~Walter Kaufmann

We need to be genuinely ourselves according to our true nature. The most damaging aspect of the authoritarianism currently present in the church as an institution is the insidious devaluing of many people's gifts while highlighting their faults. No wonder people get discouraged and leave never to return.

It's not right, folks. It's just not right.

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