It sure has been a bit. Hopefully the next one will be more timely.
The Subversion for today simply is to “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” I don’t know why, but there is something fun about reading that in King James Version. Maybe it is because it is so simple to manipulate for our own power. This is one of the most poorly used, out-of-context spouted verses in the whole of the accepted Christian Scriptures. Most often, it is framed as- You can’t tell me what to do. Don’t judge.. or something similar. Maybe a modern paraphrase can help shed some light on this- “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.”
Ain’t that the truth?
I used to think that I was doing the world a service when I would point out all of the ideas, interests, perspectives, beliefs, and preferences on anything that I thought was stupid. I cared about them, and I didn’t want them to poison their lives with meaningless, unimportant drivel, from tearing down musical preferences to religious ideology. And yet, it was I who was the one being poisoned all along with that unnecessary, overly critical thinking. It repulsed people, made me ugly. I tried to clean their face while I had a gaping wound to my forehead. That is ridiculous.
And yet, we all do that.
Everyone is a product of their own chosen, assigned, or inherited systems, and there are many: family, friends, work, education (or lack of), social or economic status, political affiliation, ethnicity, skin tone/race, sexual orientation, gender, taste, and religious belief (or lack of). And the truth is, none of these are better than an other. Nicki Minaj is not better than Bob Dylan, or vice a versa. And Christianity is not better than Hinduism, and vice a versa. Even further, one branch of Christianity is not better than another. There is truth in all things that we can learn from, because all truth is God’s truth. He has a monopoly on it. With that said, I must say the thing that may frustrate and trouble you- Jesus claimed to be the Way, the Life, and the Truth.
Jesus is the Truth.
All truth stems from His existence as Truth. And His life was one of loving and uplifting those who feel cast out and are different. But, he was critical when necessary. He was very critical of death and those things that associated with death or lead to it. Therefore, we must focus all of our energy on criticizing those things that lead to death and destruction- like poverty, hunger, homelessness, drug abuse. depression, loneliness, violence of any kind, and destroying others with even our words. The way of the cross is one of releasing power, not coercion. Let someone know that you affirm them, even if you disagree with them. Subvert the powers today.
“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.(A) 2 For with the judgment you use,[a] you will be judged, and with the measure you use,[b] it will be measured to you.(B) 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?(C) 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs,(D) or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces. –Matthew 7:1-6