Archive for March 4th, 2020


3.4.20 … “There is no such thing as a nonpolitical Christianity. To refuse to critique the system or the status quo is to fully support it—which is a political act well disguised.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (9/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, St. Stephen UMC-Charlotte NC:

Yesterday was Super Tuesday. I was at the polls at 7:15 AM and voted. I am still a registered Republican. But I truly truly do not like the Republican candidates for the last 8 years. When I was at the polls I asked how to change my status, but I’m not a Democrat either. But I believe I must participate.

Yesterday at TMBS, while discussing Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ, we briefly touched on this provision:

“Comfortable people tend to see the church as a quaint antique shop where they can worship old things as substitutes for eternal things.

There is no such thing as a nonpolitical Christianity. To refuse to critique the system or the status quo is to fully support it—which is a political act well disguised. Like Pilate, many Christians choose to wash their hands in front of the crowd and declare themselves innocent, saying with him, “It is your concern” (Matthew 27: 25). Pilate maintains his purity and Jesus pays the price. Going somewhere good means having to go through and with the bad, and being unable to hold ourselves above it or apart from it. There is no pedestal of perfect purity to stand on, and striving for it is an ego game anyway. Yet the Pilate syndrome is quite common among bona fide Christians, often taking the form of excluding those they consider sinners.

Jesus himself strongly rejects this love of the past and one’s private perfection, and he cleverly quotes Isaiah (29: 13) to do it: “In vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as if they were doctrines” (Matthew 15: 9).”

— The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr

Hmmm …

I have been clearing out my house. So I headed out to Goodwill and other charities. I was thinking about politics as I drove around. And the Super Tuesday results dominated NPR today. … the big win for Biden and who is dropping out etc. etc.

So after dropping off a big load at Goodwill, I went to St. Stephen UMC. I often forget about this small labyrinth. It was new last year and was an Eagle Scout project.

This labyrinth is a very simple 7-circuit Chartres-esq labyrinth. It has boundaries made with brick and the paths are gravel. So it is a crunch, crunch, crunch labyrinth. I noticed that there are no circuits greater than half circuits. That is the usual style. It makes me wonder why the labyrinth at MP UMC had that one three-quarter outer circuit. I have been watching and there is a class on labyrinth building. I would love to take the class…

Today the labyrinth was inundated with water because of the recent rains, the water just flowed over it. The mulch along the outer circumference was strewn across the labyrinth in places, and then there were pools of water backed up. I felt like I was floating on an island.

This is actually a nice labyrinth because of its simplicity and because it is easy to get to when I am in a hurry.

As I stand waiting to feel calm, I heard some very angry dogs barking in the neighborhood next door, and I heard some happy children playing on the playground on the other side of the bushes. I can’t see either the children or the dogs.

It’s overcast and damp feeling today, 54°. One of my favorite things about these daily walks is to notice spring. Today in my neighborhood I noticed some of the trees beginning to green out. And I noticed over here on the side of this parking area some smaller trees greening. And then there are the big red bushes. I don’t know what they are. But they are beginning to flower. (And yes, that’s a massive bruise on my right foot. A cabinet door fell off its hinges and landed on it).

I’m glad Super Tuesday is done.


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