The Inner Voice of Who Knows What

the pilgrimage: Henri Nouwen and my own topsy-turvy little heart

saved?

this was posted in response to another’s blog, that wonderful man barry mast.
just thought i’d share in the larger sphere. it’s something that is very, very close to my heart and on my mind every day…

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one thing that’s been on my mind recently is this idea that “salvation” may be more of an awakened consciousness than anything else.

once we realize who we are created to be – parts of a bigger and grander whole, children of a creator who vastly loves us, people who make mistakes but still believe in ours and others’ redemption…

perhaps we’ve been “saved” all along, but it really hits home once we start to recognize it and live in response to it.

as far as salvation being a one-way ticket to heaven… i just can’t invest in a god, who LOVES his people, condemning them away from his presence by failing to pick up the correct ticket.

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do we see being ‘saved’ as more than a one-way ticket out of jail?
do we even acknowledge the fact that salvation is SO much bigger than ‘me and god’?
do we give god enough room to be who god is and not fit into our tidy four-pillar formulas?
do we allow god room to be grey, though it may cause discomfort for our logical minds?

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4 thoughts on “saved?

  1. Can we risk taking “salvation” into the nitty-gritty everyday of our lives? Is there a component of salvation that is really up to us to offer to others?So much talk about “saved” hinges only on the actions of God and views of the cosmic celestial beyond. I imagine that “saved” also applies to the mundane. I am saved because someone gave me food when I was hungry, drink when I was thirsty, care when I was sick, or freedom when I was imprisoned. On the flip, I save others when I give sacrificially, sharing material resources, spending quality time and embracing others compassionately.With this in mind, there really are systems that imprison people against their will and they are not “saved” until someone intercedes for them. Poverty, addiction, and oppression are present imposed realities for many. Is it not our duty as disciples of Jesus to liberate these people? If Matthew has anything to say about, Jesus certainly says this is our duty (25:31ff).The beauty of your statement about claiming the gift of an already present salvation is that it opens our eyes to not being helpless in the face of worldly imprisonments. We join company with the “saved” and it ceases being individual me-salvation and becomes community us-salvation. Us-salvation then frees us to break down the walls of the earthly prisons we create for ourselves and others.

  2. do you think that a wrath of God exists??? dicey i know

  3. I am so looking forward to coffe with you tomorrow J.Mast. I wanna go to bed now so tomorrow will come sooner :)You are great.

  4. I think that my thought process of being ‘saved’ might be the fact that we recognize who God is and the dreadful fact that we can do no Good except through him. Coming to him w/ our arms open wide and realising that we want to be/serve/love him is a part of being what some called ‘saved’. this is just a thought that came to myself (and by any means that just me)

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