Thursday, January 01, 2009
You say you want a resolution?
sorry. slow. sleepless fun all night with a house full of people playing board games and card games and plying Rock band and Karoke revolution.
Knowing the reference from my daughter, I was surprised that Harry Potter would be used negatively in this way. (Frodo Lives! was such a positive-ended notion).
But I do understand why the connection was made. What is it in the soul that thrills, quietly, to destructiveness. It comes out in all religious stories, myths, legends.
End times or unregulated capitalism. Just opposite ends on the spectrum of selfishness. The first in fear and anxiety for the self, the second in avarice for the self.
It is why conservative religion diminishes over time and conservative politics fades away with its members.
It leaves too many people out.
You know, even when I was still one of the (Hal Lindsey) tribe, I was never real keen on the End being anytime soon. That was because I sort like life, ya know?
Now, 25 years forward, I'm still not in any dang hurry! Now, because, well, I still sort of like life, which is the original Holy Act of Grace for all of us: We are, like He Is. And, I Am On Purpose (although I only see through a dark glass what that might specifically be, it's pretty clear that I'm here in general for Micah 6:8 type purposes and to Love God, Self, Others, Etc.
And, nowadays, I see those who *are* in such a dang hurry for the End as 1., ungrateful, and 2., guilty of something like dereliction of duty.
for my own part, i was taught that i was doomed to be one of those slaughtered (not being saved, though believeing)
Resurrection doesn't mean reconstitution and restoration.
It means a "new body" -- whatever that means -- and "glorification" -- whatever that means.
Visible to the naked eye, though -- or maybe just to the spiritually enlightened eye? Paul says.
But who gnosis? :-)
I just skimmed this, but it has lots of my thinking in it, and the scripture references:
To quote the lyrics of a song from "Scrooge", my favorite version of a Christmas Carol, (a musical version, natch)
I like life
Life likes me
Life and I fairly fully agree
I am embarrassed to admit I had to look up Funk and Ink. (My Bird is 22 and fully fledged now; with no kiddo in the house, my tween and yoot pop culture connections have waned.)
The Inks sound fun.