Thursday, January 26, 2006
SHAME SHAME SHAME
NOW I understand this about America. Yes, we are basically Christian and Jewish, but since so many have such a hard time reaching the grace of God - shame shame and more shame has been poured out on us. Of course, the author is the devil, again.
Remember Jesus said, "few there be that find it?" He didnt mean find heaven. He meant finding life on this earth. Sure, you can get to heaven, after a lifetime of shame, guilt, poverty, disease, pain, defeat, self recrimination and self hatred. The real goal is to make heaven come to earth, to get heaven here and now.
That's the thing that we find too too hard. We haven't found what Jesus said few would find
But i notice that the people who do find it best are people like Jim Carrey or Will Smith and the filmakers of Hollywood, but it doesn't have a religious tag on it, but you know that underneath it the philosphy, the ideology, the basis comes straight from the good book. It is all Judeo-Christian. And they reflect an important aspect of life - they are not spotlessly sinless.
I have much more to write about this topic of shame. So many things that are happening to our society stem from the thinking "I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't" The certainty that grace and heaven are not mine cause me to act out the thinking that I am a worthless sinner who can never do right and never make it.
Chris Farley was a Catholic, which is still Christian even in my book raised a Lutheran. He did much charity work, and on the other hand, he indulged protitutes and hard drugs until he up and croaked.
He stated to his priest he was convinced he could never be forgiven for his sins.
Sam Kinneson, another comic was a preacher (protestant - yep, we have our own share of shame). He was known as the screaming comic. Someone told me he was also quoted as saying he could never be forgiven. Yet the account of his life shows a glimpse of God's limitless mercy. As Sam lay dying, he protested his death, crying out, then suddenly looked up at someone (invisible) who was talking to him and finally said "OK." OK! Someone told him it was OK to die. Wow. Someone told him to go ahead and meet God, that it was OK.