Monday, May 21, 2012

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


Pentecost - Year B


Between "...none of you asks me, "Where are you going?"" and  "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now....the spirit of truth...will declare to you the things that are to come" are questions of sin and righteousness. What is sin? What is righteousness? What does Jesus' journey have to do with making a judgment about such?

These are questions that are fraught with uncertainty. Our limited vision has proved to be wrong, time after time. Why would we think that suddenly we are now getting it right?

If we are so consistently short-sighted about sin, continually thinking it has to do with our particular aversions, might we not need to put the idea of sin down for a while? If we have such variation in what it is that G*D desires, developing one creed after another, might we not need to set categorical righteousness aside for a bit. In both cases we will probably find ourselves sliding back into some meta-wrongs and meta-rights, but we may also be able to see them anew - with all their glorious limitations in addition to their aspirations to ultimacy.

How did the world get sin wrong? Perhaps we hear here that Jesus is not really about sin but determining what is trustworthy and following wherever that leads.

How did the world get righteousness wrong? Perhaps we need to hear that it isn't about moments of revelation but a larger journey toward joining with G*D in a healthy way and it is unhelpful to do agreed upon righteousness when we might simply connect self with creation.

How did the world get judgment wrong? Perhaps we need to hear that judgment is not about right and wrong, something Satan loves to confuse, but about how well our current behavior accords with healthier living. Judgment is not so much between A and B (though that is a helpful marketing, design tool) as it is comparing both to C.

It is time to consider again whether or not our current judgments about sin and righteousness are getting in the way of developing healthy temperaments.

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