Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tom, December, 2020

posted Dec 1, 2020, 12:19 PM by Lois Kerchner

“Camping Out”

Therefore, “let us go to him, then, outside the camp, and bear the humiliation he endured. For there is no permanent city for us here, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:13–14).

So many “camps” today.   Religious and political.  Each so well defended.   Likely our own.

The prophetic position was always “on the edge of the inside,” which is described by the early Israelites as “the tent of meeting outside the camp” (Exodus 33:7).

And even though this tent was foldable, moveable, it was a meeting place for “the holy,” which is always on the move and out in front of us.

In our present cultural climate, it has become all too easy to justify fear-filled and hateful thoughts, words, and actions in defense against the “other” camps.

We project our anxiety elsewhere and misdiagnose the real problem (the real evil), forever exchanging it for smaller and seemingly more manageable problems.

The over-defended ego always sees, hates, and attacks in other people its own faults—the parts of ourselves that we struggle to acknowledge.

We do not want to give way on important moral issues, but this often means we don’t want to give way on our need to be right, superior, and in control.

It is our deep attachment to this false or manufactured self that leads us into our greatest illusions.

Most of us do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.

May we have the humility to seek the mercy and wisdom of God!

Pastor Tom, with gratitude to mentor Fr. Richard