In Chapter 13 of The Irresistible Revolution, author Shane Claiborne quotes Peter Maurin, cofounder of the Catholic Worker when he said, ‘If we are crazy, then it is because we refuse to be crazy in the same way that the world has gone crazy.” The author points out the plethora of oxymorons in the world today, such as ‘military intelligence’, ‘peacekeeping missiles’, ‘just war’, and ‘friendly fire’. Should anyone consider a man of faith, who realizes that there is a better way to live and appreciate life than the mainstream, as a crazy person, we only need to look at the world around us to realize that ‘crazy’ is only a matter of perspective.
The author goes on to say that this generation has been called the ‘Lazarus generation’ and that the slumbering giant known as the Church is indeed rising from the dead. Personally, I have not been remiss in my writing or speech to chastise the Church and its errant ways. However, as I have traveled this country and viewed alternative communities and belief systems outside of the mainstream Church of Christianity, I have realized a bold reawakening of spirituality that cannot be contained by the systems of dogma and doctrine that have encapsulated the Church like a coffin for so many years.
I must wonder at this point, after so many years of defining the ‘Church’ as the evangelical, fundamentalist behemoth that has contaminated true faith with its rules and traditions, what the ‘Church’ really is. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul says that the Church is the body of Christ, who was the firstborn of all creation. ‘For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church.”
As the Christian school of thought proclaims that all things are from Christ, the Vedantic culture calls all things ‘Brahman’ and Taoists say all things are ‘Tao’ and Buddhists say all things are ‘Buddha’. And though I am sure to receive a fair share of skepticism from those who relegate differences even between pews, and celebrate the difference between Baptist and Methodist, I must say that among us all, there is One Source, regardless of the language we use to define it or to limit it.
We are entering into an age where spiritually minded people are starting to see past the limited thinking of mankind and the fences and borders that have been created by our rich soliloquies and commentaries on the One true fact that we know. There is One Truth. In the Bible, the word ‘Truth’ has been translated from the Greek word logos as the ‘Word’ and John writes, “In the beginning was the Truth, and the Truth was with God, and the Truth was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
It is my understanding as we enter this new age, proclaiming the Second Coming of Christ, that it truly is not coming in the way Hal Lindsey or the ‘Left Behind’ series of books have foretold, but instead as Jesus himself said it would, like a thief in the night, in an hour that no man expects. It is the relegation to the truth, that we are the body of Christ. And though Truth is in the world and the world was made thought it, the world has not recognized it. But the Truth comes from where Jesus said it would, not through our careful observation, for the kingdom of God is within You.
Though by many I may indeed be deemed crazy for adhering to a simple message of realization and acceptance of my small role in a great drama, I find it far more sane that the human drama we have been enacting as we as a people have strived to live out the doomsday prophesies gathered from the book of Revelation. As we have come to this point in our collective life that we are seeing indeed an increase in wars and natural disasters, many are awaiting a global Armageddon, and many still push forward to ensure its coming. However, I maintain my stance that the Second Coming of Christ is a spiritual matter, one that will deliver us from destruction through the salvation of our minds, spirits, and hearts before the salvation of our bodies.
Though I may be crazy, I am not alone. For in the beginning was Truth, and if all things came from that, then we are all the body of Christ, we are all Brahman, we are all Tao, we are all Buddha, we are all One.