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Spirituality And Revolution October 30, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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As a young man I was attracted to the idea of revolution, at the very least it seemed clear that there was a great deal of need for reform in the society I was growing up in.  As time passes there is a natural tendency for human institutions to drift this way and that and sometimes the establishment becomes so corrupt that repair is not possible without some sort of sweeping, far reaching and decisive (if not abrupt) change.  In other words: revolution.  The same thinking can be applied to the spiritual condition of each of us.  As it turns out, since we are all the product of many generations that have wandered away from God, we are each in the need of a spiritual revolution.  A revolution of the heart.  If I were to put this in Bible terms I would say: “each of us needs to repent”.  What I am talking about is exactly what is meant by the word “repent”.  Realize your condition, decide to make a change and turn to God.  

Gil Scott-Heron, back in the early 70’s wrote a song titled “The revolution will not be televised”.  This phrase is often picked up these days to make various points.  Today I would like to co-opt this phrase to say: The revolution will not be televised because the revolution is in your heart.  It is a spiritual revolution and everyone needs to experience it.  While I’m calling that time period to mind, I am reminded of Bob Dylan (just put out a new album by the way).  The opening verse to his song “The times they are a-changin'” goes like this:

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’. *

I might be dating myself by bringing this up but the line: “If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone”.  Is exactly what I am talking about.  Because of all the talk of the time about the “generation gap” most assumed that is what Dylan was talking about, but Dylan disputed that saying: “Those were the only words I could find to separate aliveness from deadness. It had nothing to do with age.”  The whole song is a wake up call.  Everyone, especially including those raised with a strong religious background, needs to have this revolution of the heart.  We all need to escape the corruption and error that is the natural state of human society and focus our hearts on the truth.  Then our hearts will be transformed, reformed and brought into agreement with all others also focused on the truth, others who have also had this revolution of the heart.

*Copyright © 1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

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1. storbakken - October 30, 2006

right on.

2. naturalhigh - October 31, 2006

I agree about the revolution of the heart. I disagree that religion will necessarily take us there. Spirituality, the direct experience of opening to the Divine, will.

If a religious institution can provide that, it will flourish. Religions that are about dogma and fear based morality are the stuff that needs revolting against.

Very good thoughts.

3. rattazzimedia - October 31, 2006

I appreciate your comments, Natural high. The direct experience of opening to the Divine is exactly what religion should be. We should all work together to make that so. Thank you for your input.

Storbakken, thanks for your comment also.

James


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