Scaring the American Out of Me

by Jane Tawel

October 31, 2020

There seems to be a lot of confusion these days in and about certain religions, perhaps my own particularly at this juncture in the limitations of place and time. Just a few thoughts from those a million miles better than I; who are convicting and (I hope) instructing me. We of a certain faith don’t need to fear national changes as much as we should fear actually doing what Christ asks us to do if we want to follow Him. I know it scares the “American” right out of me!

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:21–25)

Bishop Dom Helder Camara: “When I fed the hungry, they called me a saint. When I asked WHY people are hungry, they called me a communist.”

Dorothy Day: “Don’t call us saints; we don’t want to be dismissed that easily.”

Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

“The Lord has told you what is good. He has told you what he wants from you: Do what is right to other people. Love being kind to others. And live humbly, trusting your God.” (Micah 6:8)

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Jane Tawel

Still not old enough to know better. I root around and explore ideas in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, Judeo-Christian Worldview, family, relationships, and art. Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement, I may sputter, but I still keep trying to move forward.

4 thoughts on “Scaring the American Out of Me”

  1. Yes my friend, too many have gotten all the wires crossed. The reason this country was founded upon freedom of religion is exactly what we are seeing now, so it can’t be used as a political tool. It’s shameful. I keep my heart out of all of it because I know the truth, treat others as you would like to be treated….aka the Golden Rule. I will continue to show up with an open heart and loving kindness no matter who runs this country. These people are sowing their own karma. We know the final judgements will be made by God. Stay well my friend, so much love to you🙏❤😊

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  2. Why should we fear doing what Jesus asks us? This should be our path. Though saying the rich will not enter the Kingdom of God, I see many wealthy people stepping out to make changes in the world and helping people, they are good and quiet souls. A few celebs are trying to make a difference where they can with their wealth. I always go along politely with kindness to everyone even though it is not received. Gratitude to those who appreciate and try to change and bring changes.


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