It seems that the desire for a “fresh start” is an all-pervasive impulse–in art, in faith, in life. Why do you suppose this is? Reformation, innovation…is this, too, morphing? Are we now more inclined toward spiritual and societal evolution and composting as continuation metaphors rather than disruptive ones?
Let’s begin again, begin the begin
Let’s begin again like Martin Luther Zen
The mythology begins the begin.
Answer me a question I can’t itemize
I can’t think clearly, look to me for reason
It’s not there, I can’t even rhyme in the begin
A philanderer’s tie, a murderer’s shoe
Example: the finest example is you.
Birdie in the hand for life’s rich demand
The insurgency began and you missed it.
I looked for it and I found it
Miles Standish proud, congratulate me.
Miles Standish was a Pilgrim-soldier in America’s Plymouth colony. Martin Luther was a reformer in the 16th-century Magisterial Reformation of Christian faith in Europe. Zen was a reform movement of Mahāyāna Buddhism during the 7th century beginning in China. Both reformations, significantly, shifted the loci of transcendence and liberation from the institution to the personal. It makes me wonder what’s coming next…
Why does faith, like all other aspects of life, need to reinvent itself from time to time? Our concepts of God, like vehicles, seem to only get us so far before the vehicle repairs get so costly, it’s no longer worth maintaining them. We’re pretty sure we want to keep driving, but what? SUVs were popular in the US a decade ago, but now with the rising costs of crude oil, we’re re-thinking this preference as a people. James Canton in The Extreme Future echoes what
most many foresight analysts are now agreeing–we will as a planet have exhausted all existing energy supplies by 2040, if not before. How does this effect our vehicle choices? Do we go hybrid, or biodisel?
I hope you realize I’m not just speaking literally here. I think we need a sustainable faith as vitally as we need sustainable energy to live and flourish and in the 21st century. I see “the Begin” as the eternal heart of the Godhead, dynamic hopes and triune dreams spilling out into “life’s rich demand.” Due to the kosmic redemption inherent in God’s reconciling work in Christ, we can tap into the primal mythology–that deeper magic–here and now. There is a rich repository of God’s All-in-all, well, everywhere, drenching us in gratuitous favor. Maybe we need a little “Martin Luther Zen”–recognizing the composting renaissance of Holy Spirit in our midst.