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the soul of genius

True genius without heart is a thing of naught — for not with great understanding alone, nor imagination alone, nor both together make genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I believe it. It is not the mind of God that is most important to know, but the heart of God. The closer we are to the heart of God, the more love we have for one another, the easier it becomes to demonstrate that love in ways that help heal our broken world. The great Indian poet,  Rabindranath Tagore, put it this way:

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.

what still shocks the world

As anyone who follows my blog must realize, I am not a big fan of organized religion. That has to sound strange coming from an ordained clergyperson of over 40 years, but it’s certainly not the strangest facet of my life.

The fact is that I am almost always disappointed by organized religion. And although I am much more conversant with Christianity, my disappointment with organized religion extends to all the major faith groups with which I have be associated across the years. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all equally fail to deliver what they promise.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a ardent follower of Christ, and firmly believe that an authentic spirituality is the only realistic foundation for a meaningful life. Yet for the most part, what I see in the organized church brings me to tears. Then it makes me angry.  We have the power to heal our broken world yet we absolutely refuse to do it.

I was once privileged to hear Dr. Elton Trueblood speak. During his presentation Dr. Trueblood said that the world was equally shocked by two things. The first was to hear Christianity criticized. The second thing, even more shocking to the world, was to see Christianity practiced.

Our world continues to change. No longer is anyone especially shocked to hear the church or organized religion criticized, and rightfully so.  No institution deserves respect for what it once stood for and what it once represented. But, what still shocks the world is to see Christianity actually practiced.

When that changes, and I pray that it does, maybe my opinion of organized religion will, as well.

 

 

are you in?

What does it take to change the world? How much effort must be exerted before we can begin to see positive movement toward justice? Do our efforts really move us toward the place where we can hope to heal the pain of our broken world?

Is it possible to achieve a world without hunger in our lifetime?

I truly believe we can end the scourge of hunger in our lifetime. I know it’s possible. But I also know it is only possible if enough of us who care come to the place where we make it a priority. We have to get to the place where we really believe we can eradicate hunger, then act accordingly.

Peter Rosset wrote that, “The way people think about hunger is the greatest obstacle to ending it.” I totally agree.

Ending hunger in our lifetime will take a global movement of folks, all of us totally committed to creating the “greatest spiritual explosion” the world has ever experienced, the day hunger is eradicated forever. I, for one,  know we can reach that day, and I am doing all I can to make it happen.

As Margaret Mead so eloquently stated, “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Let’s make history. Let’s change the world.

Let’s work together in a movement that creates a world of true justice,  a world where hunger is just a memory, where not even a single child has to cry herself to sleep from the pain of an empty stomach. Join the movement. Working together we can make it happen.

Are you in?