Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today - May 9

Living in a post-trust culture means that cynicism and apathy reign. So many people are infected with an overdose of suspicion, which amounts to being caught up in the cycle of the same. Suspicion produces suspicion, which produces more suspicion. While it is true that it is sometimes appropriate to be suspicious, it is even more important to realize that trust is always primary. That is, God has created humans in such a way that they can’t escape trust - even if it's trusting our suspicions. Problem is that we trust and are suspicious of the wrong things and this is where we need direction. A dialogue of trust and suspicion will be instructive, yet it is insufficient to produce sustainable insight as to which is which. Therefore, if we want to break out of the cycle of unknowing who and what to trust and where and why to be suspicious, I suggest that we turn to God as the Divine One who can enter into the dialogue and provide a helpful illumination that will lead to discernment and a new possibility of beginning to live the dialogue in a more redemptively accurate and appropriate manner.