Monday, March 10, 2014

     

Where Do Your Allegiances Lie?                     

 

Genesis 3:1-7      
 
 

It is not an understatement to say that the life of faith is a life of tension - that there is often a tug-of-war between whether or not life should be lived out on our own terms or on God's. Of course, many of us would not want to admit this because to do so would mean that we would have to face the truth, the truth that is revealed in our own behaviors-- that we have one or more allegiances that compete with our trust in God.

 

But if we were left to our own devices, how would we live in this world? How fairly and justly would we treat each other? Would compassion be a part of our reality? Would we have the courage to stand against evil? And more importantly, can we handle the truth about ourselves?

 

What is so striking about Genesis 3:1-7 is what it implies through the metaphor of eating - that anything we take into our very self has an impact on how we live in relationship with others and with God. Through this metaphor of eating, God places boundaries on human living. Through this metaphor of eating, we witness what happens when those boundaries are crossed-"Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves." Walter Brueggeman puts it quite aptly, "The humans are not able to handle what they have become." And when we humans can't handle what we have become, we become self- centered. And when we become self-centered, how can we find the way of blessing? How can we "infuse the world with good"?

 

There will always be something in this world that will pull us from God. During this Lenten season, explore the place that God has carved you, and then ask yourself: What have I been "eating"?

 

God of Grace,

Open our minds, hearts, and spirits

so that we might be a way of blessing for others.

Give us courage to infuse the world with good.

Amen.

        

Faith McClellan   

SFTS Director of Alumni & Church Relations
SFTS M.Div. 2013