Some have noticed that I am quite harsh with Christians. A glance at Shit Christians Say or What The Hell Are Churches Teaching, provide some backdrop to this. What I’ve realized is that, despite what hypocrisy I claim to expose or truths I expound upon, my heart is often in the wrong place.
Who doesn’t like to feel just a little bit superior? We like to think we’re right. We’re justified. We cling to this. Moses did when he killed the Egyptian. Peter did when he cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant. The swordsman in Thich Nhat Hanh’s, The Pine Gate, felt the rush too.
We thrive on the might-is-right rush. We live and breathe it everyday, expressing our might in the home, the workplace, and everywhere in between. We spend time reading and learning so we can demonstrate that we’re smarter than others versus trying to eliminate the toxic desires that continually drown our ability to even see, let alone practice, grace, compassion, or wisdom.
Living by the sword is domination thinking. We can’t enter the kingdom with this on our hearts. The gate won’ t open.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson