Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Wedding Ring: Is It Worth It? #5

I had no idea that my simple post would generate this kind of energy. I tried to carefully use words to limit my point. I directed it to those who were raised as I was raised. I condemned no one. I haven't even stated unequivocally a legal position on the issue.

I’ve been told this before, but it really comes home now.

The first impulse of most people, including me, is: think emotionally first, and then—as an afterthought—generate some rationale to support what we have already decided.

If we insist on thinking this way, we will all forever be like ships passing in the dark.

One of the nuggets of my heritage is the understanding that if we are to be Christ-like, we cannot freely follow what comes natural, and in order to “possess our vessel unto honor,” (to manage the resources of our will) we must impose discipline on the body and on the mind.

It occurs to me, as a result of this discussion, that while we have been vigorous in our promotion of disciplining the mind on what to think, we have fallen short in the discipline of how to think. Now I don’t mean this like “Hey, I know how to think and you don’t.” I’m not suggesting another standard by which to judge others inferior.

I’m suggesting that if I am to have any confidence in what I hold to be true, I must discipline my mind to not use an irrational path to what I conclude as truth.

Now you say, “That doesn’t sound very spiritual.” Well, if you think “spiritual” = “irrational,” I understand why you say that. But if by spiritual you just refer to those things pertaining to God, I disagree.

God has chosen in history to reveal Himself to us by flesh and by language. Language doesn’t work without logic.

Maybe you, like I, could use a refreshing reminder...

There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind

Sheltered by tree and flow´r
There in my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind

Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall

New strength and courage there I find
Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face
A new day with love for all mankind
~Norman C. Brown

I'll be back.