7:00AM - Monday Morning
My furnace went out, and the entire house was freezing. Lucky for me, my brother is an HVAC technician and fixes them for a living. Just a few short minutes on the phone with him and I as ready to tackle the project. With some direction, I opened the furnace, analyzed its components, and set off on a journey to fix the "Damn Thing". I brushed off the flame sensor with some steal wool and put it back together. VWALA! I opened a black box that I have used and depended on my entire life. And because I dared to open a black box, I had saved money and time on a simple repair.
Ok, that may be a broad generalization and might offend the vast majority, but hear me out.
Today I drove a coworker home, because he didn't have a ride and he doesn't have a car. Upon arival at his home, he thanked me, exited the vehicle and proceeded to slam my car door with extreme force. At that moment I remembered that he slams the door every time I drive him home.
Growing up, my family struggled financially and therefore had two beater cars that you had to slam the doors to close them. This coworker is around 17 years old and has 5 brothers and sisters all living in a small, rundown house.
So, what does this mean? Nothing, just an observation.
Earlier today while smoking hookah and having decent conversation in the living room, my friend Mitch grabbed a box of graham crackers and started banging on the table in the middle of my sentence. We all looked at him with surprise and annoyance and continued our conversation. Ten seconds later, he did the exact same thing again. We reacted accordingly and proceeded with the conversation until he did it one more time and I screamed "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!". His response set me back: "I restarted your trains of thought every time Everyone stopped what they were thinking and feeling for a second." Then I realized:
He destroyed the social space. Much like a master does to a dog when he needs to get him out of his train of thought. If the dog begins an undesirable action, the master can disrupt it with loud noises. We reacted the same way.
So we continued the conversation and I banged on the table...
Because were all dogs...
Growing up in the church I learned to "Love Jesus", but I never loved Jesus. I only loved the idea of everlasting life and he was the way to get it. Books like Ecclesiastes in the bible are the cause of such confusion. Jesus came to bring heaven to earth through love and grace, while Soloman(The writer of Ecclesiastes) sets his sights on heaven and dares to say that life on the Earth is utterly meaningless. This is an Old Testament Philosophy and must be treated as such. The minute we start confusing the context we start getting side tracked and loose sight of our true purpose. To love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself(What Jesus said were the two greatest commandments).
Now we are trapped in thinking that heaven is what we aim for and the way to get their is by believing that Jesus died to take away the sins of the world which will allow us to get into heaven. And the only way for the magic to work is to "believe in it". It's a very logical way of thinking. It's input and output; yes or no. Their is no gray area because Americans are western and westerners believe in set rules and systematic paths.
But Jesus never taught that. He never told you that the way to get to heaven was to believe in him dying for you, he said the way was to be like him. Love others unconditionally, love God, and show grace and mercy to the oppressed. Period.
People asked jesus all the time how to get into heaven, and he always diverted their attention back to Love. When everyone of his followers wanted rules and guarantees, he was giving out strict orders to Love each other.
The modern church is incredibly concerned with being "saved" and "saving others" but jesus was only concerned with "love" and "loving others". So no more tracts, no more alter calls, and no more mind games. Just teaching Christ-like love through demonstration.