Clean and unclean

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         What God has made clean, you must not call profane.

                  —Acts 11.9

Since Cain and Abel we have struggled
to free ourselves from the serpent’s lie
that we would know good and evil,
making half of God’s Creation into
something not good, unclean, unacceptable,
and crusading though the world with this
sword, this bomb, piously wiping out
whoever we judged to be deserving of ill
and beyond our compassion. Terrorists of
God we are, carrying out our jihad against
God in the name of a purity that we only
imagine, a division that does not exist.
The real striving is against our own lie.
The real discernment we are charged with
is to see what God has made clean beneath
the delusion of our judgment and to honor
that divine gift. It is to see what gives life
and what diminishes, to see what is love
and what is less, and to purify ourselves
in love. For judgment itself is profanity.
Anything other than love is profane.
When we are able to see the holy
in every place and person, when we see
with eyes of compassion, this alone is
what breaks their chains. Destroying
the illusion of their profanity, we set them free.
We give life. We join together with God
in the mending of the world, making
all things clean, renewing Creation.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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