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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Why We Should not Judge Others, Especially the Poor and the Homeless

Excerpt from Wm. Paul Young’s book, The Shack, a #1 New York Times Bestseller. It has been said of The Shack: “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good!”

“Yes in Jesus, you are not under any law. All things are lawful.”

“You can’t be serious! You’re messing with me again,” moaned Mack.

“Child,” said Papa, “You ain’t heard nuthin yet.”

“Mackenzie,” Sarayu continued, “those who are afraid of freedom are those who cannot trust us [God] to live in them. Trying to keep the Law is actually a declaration of independence, a way of keeping control.”

“Is that why we [humans] like the Law so much – to give us some control?” asked Mack.

“It is much worse than that,” resumed Sarayu. “It grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainty out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they have only the power to accuse.”

“Whoa!” Mack suddenly realized what Sarayu had said. “Are you telling me that responsibility and expectation are just another form of rules we are no longer under? Did I hear you right?"
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