PERSONAL AND SOCIAL HOLINESS [W, 6-20-18]
A follow-up to my song of yesterday, “Pray It Down.”
These days, I am reluctant to suggest that we pray about the evil that stalks the earth in the disguise of politics, for too long Christians have used prayer as a substitute for action, praying that the will of God be done instead of doing the will of god, offering only “thoughts and prayers” as response to unspeakable violence and immorality.
Marcus Borg, the Jesus scholar—gone from this world too soon--was as passionate an advocate for social justice as I have ever known. But he was just as passionate about the need to be centered spiritually in order to do the will of God in the world, to “…live in the heart of God in order to work in the Kingdom of God.”
Or as John Wesley put it, “personal holiness” is useless if it does not lead to “social holiness,” and “social holiness” cannot exist without “personal holiness.”