Listening to the Lord’s words
Wondering what it means to love
Hearing such specific advice
Wondering if this message is possible
How can we turn the other cheek?
How can we forgive the evil done us?
What allows us to put aside grudges and forgive?
Is peace possible?
This speaker seems an idealist
Speaking about heaven as if it came to Earth
Christendom hears these words
We cry out: “Lord you do not understand humanity!”
Yet Christ walked this world in human Flesh
He lived just as he taught others to live
He died faithful to His message
Could it be we are afraid of the cross?
Who are we to say God cannot understand?
Do we know humanity better than our Lord?
This is the second week of West Richmond Friends going through the Friends testimonies as listed in “SPICE” This week, we had a rather extended message from Mary Lord who spoke, among other things’ of an experience she had before she was a convinced Friend. Mary had known Quakers, and respected them — but she rejected the peace testimony as unreasonably optimistic and utopian. She was Christian, and valued scripture, yet when she read the Sermon on the Mount she rejected it as utopian. In a way, she said, her faith accused Jesus of not understanding humanity and telling us to do things that could never work. One day, God opened to her that it was arrogance to say: “I understand humanity, but Jesus does not”. After this, she felt free to join with Friends.
Mary Lord’s testimony and life history spoke to my condition. What can I do to bring the peace and love Jesus taught into my own life?