Through the Looking Glass

What’s a girl to do, when she’s been tossed through the Looking Glass?  That’s a question that all of us are asking ourselves lately, as we look around our world and shake our heads in disbelief.  If you explained half of what’s going on in the news lately to a 5yo, they would scoff.

What makes things worse is that the inhabitants of this world insist that everything is right and normal and proper.  Trying to communicate to them is an exercise in futility – at least in aggregate.

A lot of Christians believe that the duty of the Church is to perfect the world, to force the secular outside to conform to our norms and morals.  I respect that, because I would much rather live in a world where normal was normal again.  (And yes, I vote my conscience every chance I get).

But I don’t think this is the season for that – and I think we’re going about it all wrong.   We’re trying to be a team, and get our team to win.  But the Bible doesn’t describe Christendom as a team, the Word describes us as a *family* – a family full of adoptees, each and every one of us.  Families often do become more influential and start running things, but that’s not the first concern *of* a family.

The family of Christ in particular is charged with disseminating the Gospel and creating disciples.  In other words, we’re supposed to tell people how awesome our Father is, and invite them to join us.  We want more members of the family!

And that means individuals working with individuals, because families grow one person at a time.

What do you suppose would happen to our influence if every member of our family acted like they wanted to do the Father proud?  What do you suppose would happen to our influence, if every member of our family started treating non-family members as potential siblings, not as enemies?  What do you suppose would happen if all the family stopped expecting those who aren’t members of the family to act like family members?

This world is swallowing insanity after insanity with a speed that leaves anyone who looks at it nauseous.  But this world doesn’t have the Truth.  How can they know any truth without The Truth?  Are they protected against “strong delusion” without the Shield?  No.  No.  They’re to be pitied, they’re to be helped.  And there is *no* help, no solution that doesn’t start with Jesus.   We, the family, no longer have the luxury of believing that nice is enough.  It’s not.

I don’t think anyone can argue – we’re through the Looking Glass.  So, now what?  We can’t go back, we can only go forward.  What are we going to do with the lives He has given us?

How many can we bring the Truth to, before we go Home?

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5 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass

  1. Feminine But Not Feminist

    Well said Hearthie! The best way for us to change the world is by helping people see the Light. Then the world would take care of itself by default.

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      1. Feminine But Not Feminist

        You’re welcome! 😊

        And thank you for writing it! It’s such a simple concept, yet it’s so easy to lose sight of it and make things more complicated than they really need to be. For me at least.

  2. Maeve

    Hearth, it also needs to be pointed out that when folks see Christians conducting themselves no differently than non-Christians, then it must result in no small measure of dismissal – I don’t mean folks being human – making mistakes, not always doing the right things. I mean more along the lines of do we live what we preach? Are we prideful and scornful? Selfish and elitist? Do we distinguish (as the 1940-movie-only version of Lady Catherine de Burgh) “the deserving and the undeserving poor”? And what about those poor souls we have relegated to the outland of “undeserving?” (as though any of us are truly deserving or anything?). I think it’s this latter which truly damns us in the eyes of others.

    Our current Pope Francis takes much heat because he wants EVERYONE to come. He does understand that not everyone will stay and not everyone will necessarily be converted in one particular pew or other, but that we can’t have an attitude of passing some purity-litmus-test in order to enter the doors and sit among the special sanctified. (All this is NOT about validating the intolerable – but you know what I mean).

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    1. hearthie Post author

      Oh yes. The Familia is doing a lousy job – we vet the people outside and let the family members have carte blanche. Uh, guys – supposed to be opposite. We KNOW the World is an ugly place.

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