Wednesday, February 8, 2017
WHY GRIEVE NOW!
Despair, hatred, wrath, negativity, even "depravity" juggernaut down
on all of us at present.
The Ocean of Darkness overwhelms.
Destruction and despairing theologies and philosophies ramp down.
Not only in the shocking debacle of contemporary politics
in the U.S., Turkey, Russia, etc.,
even worse a nigh-endless despair or theological negativity has shown up among so many Friends leaders:
Friend Micah Bales: "I believe that the concept of depravity is vital to the experience of the church in the West today.If we are to live in the truth, we must begin with the devastating realization: You and I are ourselves depraved. We are liars, self-seeking, potential murderers. We are dishonest with ourselves and others."
Friend George Amoss Jr.: "At last I learned that there is no salvation. I had retreated from belief in God and Jesus to the seemingly finer ideas...But life proved the emptiness, as it were, of such enlightenment. Eventually, I saw that those concepts, too, had functioned as superstitions, attempts to make something of nothing. I had to acknowledge that there is nothing to believe or hope in."
"There is no salvation. There is nothing I can do, or anyone do for me, that can rescue me from being what I am: a human animal conditioned in every sense. No deliverance from guilt, pain, death. No act, belief, or experience that would make acceptable the unacceptable. No person, institution, concept, or intuition to hope in."
"Nothing to hold, seek, or look forward to. Nothing anywhere any better than this... ultimately, not even love remains."
Even the hard atheist Ernest Hemingway's infamous short story of utter despair and negativity, "A Clean, Well-lighted Place" doesn't get as negative as these Friends are writing and sinking into.
And there are so many other humans turning to, getting drowned in, giving way to such negativity, letting in the Ocean of Darkness:-(
I don't have any quick answers for them, but only deeply grieve.
And ask them, to turn from this dwelling on "depravity" and "emptiness."
Let us live in the Light,