Divine Order. Hill Country News on June 14, 2017

By Chuck Robison

We moved to Austin in 2006 and 11 years later, I can assure you, Austin is nothing like it used to be. As you know, driving in the new Austin is much like being in the finishing lap of the Indy 500. The rush that most people display on the highway is almost painful. Something is pushing us to our limits every day.

Many of you have heard the idea that all is in Divine Order. This is an injunction to accept things just as they are, to go with the flow and to be present regardless of the circumstances. On the other hand, we have grown up with the notion that this is a “make and do world” and if we are not striving, we are slacking and not measuring up. The apparent message is that something is constantly demanding that we do-do-do and rush-rush-rush. And for what?

Deepak Chopra says: “I have all the time in the world. I am in touch with the timeless. I am surrounded by infinity. When I think like that, it doesn’t mean I’m going to miss my train, it just means that I’m not thinking about it right now because I’m speaking to you.” 

Karen and I have our offices at home and we do not need to be out of the office on a regular basis. When we do leave our offices, we discover that we enjoy one of the greatest luxuries available to modern Austenite’s. For the most part, we allow ourselves to stay relaxed and unhurried.

None of us can revisit yesterday any more than we can explore tomorrow. The desire to go back to the past is motivated by guilt. The need to participate in the future is generated by fear. And we can do neither, despite the fact that our culture uses both directions to distract us from the present. It is as if there is something wrong in both directions and in the present as well.

But people of faith, which we Christians profess to be, know somewhere deep inside that there is a Divine Order to life and it can only be experienced as a result of trust in what God is doing right now, right in front of our faces, regardless of what is happening.

There is a work-around to our problem with the Present. The situation in which we have chosen to live demands that we be always doing something, going someplace, seeking something. The truth is the more we release all of that and just be, just be present, the more relaxed we feel and the more we discover that in a Divinely Ordered Universe, exactly what we need and exactly what is ours is already present right in front of us…..no striving necessary.

God, in His infinite wisdom did not give us the ability to read His Mind. But by observing the lives of those who have tried to live in The Present, we see that what was needed was directly and easily available.

Faith says to each of us, regardless of situation, station or heritage, that God will not abandon the souls He has created. We are here to out-live our earthly experience and to continue to live for eternity. Once we get that insight, the past and the future are meaningless.

We live in the endless beginning and the endless end and all is in Divine Order.

Faith Roundtable Article January 22, 2017

          By Chuck Robison 

 The Question: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views?

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 January 11, 2016: “A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.  He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.

The two moral leaders of our time, Pope Francis and The Dali Lama affirm that all paths lead to God.  This echoes what Albert Einstein said seventy-five years ago: “Science and religion both lead to the same truth.”

If you have already made the transition to a One Uni-verse View, that all things are connected and work together according to God’s direction, then this Roundtable Discussion is a slam dunk.  YES! Strong relationships should be formed with those who have different religious views. In fact, if you are open to forming strong spiritual relationships with everyone who comes across your path without regard to faith, gender, nationality or color, you will see your soul growing by leaps and bounds.

In my ten years as a Chaplain at the United Nations, this one issue was the central thing I took away when I left New York. While there, I got to meet, know and work with leaders from all the world’s religions.  That ten-year period in my life was like a Post Graduate Degree in World Religions, and I am truly grateful that I have that experience to inform my understanding of how things are meant to work.

Today there are 4200 religions in the world and each one has a different name for God, just as many of the readers of this column have different nick-names when they are in different social groups.  The names change, but the person is the same.  As below, so above.

God does not separate us; we separate ourselves.  The truth is that even the most difficult of religious zealots has a heart and a mother and a dream for the future.  When we are willing to relate to each other on that level, we can see God through our eyes, our friend’s eyes and God’s eye’s as well and all at once.

Here is something both common and special at the same time.  When you drop your defenses, and are willing to not have to be right all the time, and show just a little bit of open curiosity about another’s truth, you will find that people are always willing to explain their religious beliefs to you as well as how their religions work.  It makes them feel valued and shows you are valuable too.

Then, something close to magic happens.  When this moment of unity occurs with another, our hearts come into coherence and beat in rhythm and we find friendship and the discovery that we are one with another person whose belief experience is totally different than our own.  This is called Oneness and it is how you feel every time you hear that old Coca-Cola commercial about how “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony!”

Somewhere in each of our hearts we know that special song, which all of us knew when we were four years old.  The grownups told us that was just childish and we forgot that song, for the most part.

But as you read this very sentence, your heart longs to experience, once again, that child in you and his song.  He still remembers we are all one, and he knows to hold hands with each other, because it is safer that way.

 

 

 

Making a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear – 2017-01-10 Faith Article

By Chuck Robison

This week we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States. According to Pew Research more than 60 percent of all white Christians are registered as and vote for Republicans. If this metric describes you, this may be a time of buyer’s remorse. We have all been so busy with so much work and activity that we did not have time to pay much critical attention to the news before the election. Now that Christmas is over and the pace has slowed down a little, we can reflect on what the election has created.

For our next President, we Christians wanted someone different than a young 50% white Hawaiian with a two-degree Ivy League education who wanted to include all Americans in the actions of government. We voted for a 100% white male from Queens, New York to lead us for the next four years. He’s rich, Republican, old, fat and unafraid to state whatever comes into his mind. And he has virtually no experience in leading a government of any size. But his governmental experience in dealing, under the table, with governments all over the globe better qualifies him than any customary experience. He knows how to cheat, hide, steal, manipulate and lie better than any other President we have ever had. This new President can be a player at the poker table of world government and attempt to win with the best of them.

But our buyer’s remorse gives us pause to consider that a government of white male billionaires working for us may not act in our best interests. And the fact that the very first act of the new Congress was to secretly vote out the Ethics organization purposed to keep them honest is sobering.

We are now on a course which will force all of us to get involved in creating a new form of government radically different from the ineffectiveness of the current government. Surely, the first thing will be closing the Electoral College which prevents us from having a one person, one vote democracy while assuring that the billionaires can get whomever they want into any position they wish.

Taking such a dramatic step toward a new government will re-activate all the power tools used in the election process to divide us. Not that we are all that hard to divide. Just dog whistle some of our more popular prejudices and we will turn against anyone.

The 1810’s expression “Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear” implies that if something is not very good to begin with, you cannot do much of value with it. But that is where we are and what we must deal with moving forward. We are going to take what we have and create something remarkable from it.

Above and superseding all the rules of the World’s religions, there are eternal universal spiritual laws. These laws have more power and are more dangerous in their severe punishments for transgressors than any material or religious laws. We do ourselves well to know and obey these laws.

Chief among these laws is the one that states: WE ARE ALL ONE. Separation, divisions and taking sides against a part of God’s creation is doomed to long term failure. All 8 billion of us are in this together and to promote separating ourselves from each other is to deny the truth and to incur the penalties for breaking this primary Universal law.

No better example exists than the American Civil War. Brother against brother brought almost a million deaths and in the end, we still had to learn to live with our brothers and sisters, and we are still learning.

We are all closely connected and our technology mirrors that truth to us every day. We can connect with any person in the world from the palm of our hand with little or no effort. Moreover, the connections we can make with our souls far exceed our technological achievements.

As you consider how to deal with the coming effects of our decision to elect this new President and his new billionaire-led government, start right now to resist anyone who attempts to manipulate you by dividing you from any others. We are all in this together and fortunately, as we begin to act that way, we will discover the truth that we have more in common with all 8 billion of us than we have separating any of us.

The power of the long arm of the Universal laws will guide us to real success.

Faith Roundtable on Christmas Hill Country News on 2016-12-06

 

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By Chuck Robison 

 

The Question: “With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?” 

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I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car this morning that said, “Christmas is for Christ.”  Right next to it were four other bumper stickers: “Native Texan”, “I love Beef”, “In God We Trust” and “I am a Christian and I Vote”.

Texans love being patriotic and we love George Bush, either one of them, and we take our Christmas’s very seriously.

Two days after 911, while we were still in shock, George Bush directed us to go out and go shopping.  That would be the most patriotic thing we could do.  It still is.

Putting the Cash back into Christmas is not only patriotic, but the traditional, old fashioned Texas way to celebrate our best American Holiday.  Go out and spend it all, load up your credit cards and set a good example for all real patriotic Americans.

As Christmas approaches you may also wish to give some thought to your eternal soul and its’ growth.  This quote from Rumi puts that issue into perspective, as a way to focus on Christmas and the homeless couple looking for a place to stay:

“This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A Joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness

comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honourably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the sham, the malice

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

Because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.”

– Rum

The Sun of God, Hill Country News. 2016-11-30

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By Chuck Robison 

Ancient mythology used the Winged Sun as the symbol for the light shining in us which is God present in all our lives. Much of our mythology is based on the Sun’s movements from Solstice to Solstice and Equinox to Equinox.  The Sun is in fact The Light of The World. Jesus may have referred to himself as the Sun of God when he also called himself the Light of the World.

When I was a little boy thinking about Christmas, I thought about quiet candle-lit nights and people traveling in darkness to reach a small town before tax time.  Into this darkness came a bright shining light, first as a star and then as the bright eyes of a new-born child. Although I felt the conflict with light and darkness then, it was not until I became an adult that I understood more of the conflict.

T.S. Eliot said it so beautifully:

“We are light, we are attracted to light and yet we also want darkness.

In our rhythm of earthly life we tire of light. We are glad when the day ends, when the play ends; and ecstasy is too much pain. 

We are children quickly tired: children who are up in the night and fall asleep as the rocket is fired; and the day is long for work or play. 

We tire of distraction or concentration, we sleep and are glad to sleep, 

Controlled by the rhythm of blood and the day and the night and the seasons. 

And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it; Forever must quench, forever relight the flame. 

Therefore we thank Thee for our little light, that is dappled with shadow. 

We thank Thee who hast moved us to building, to finding, to forming at the ends of our fingers and beams of our eyes.”

When light arrives to dispel the darkness it can create fear.  The angels counseled those present, “Be Not Afraid”. We are experiencing that fear right now.  Those of us who have experienced a new awakening, a new view of the world, a new sense of oneness with all humankind and all of creation rejoice at what we see and experience.  It feels like God’s Light shining right out of our hearts.

But for others, a new light, a new way of seeing the world, a new paradigm can be frightening and we cast about for a way to defend ourselves against the fear caused by new ways that disturb our tribal values.

Jon Stewart recently said that the secret of America is that we are trying to bring members of tribes from all over the world to live in a new kind of global harmony.  It is a difficult situation and we see in our recent election that this fear has created even more fear and a leader who is a master at playing us with our fears.

When Jesus brought the Light into the world, the Bible records that the darkness was threatened.  As the old world dies it will always take steps to preserve itself and the old powers will rise-up to extinguish the light. Moses was pursued by the Pharaoh; Jesus was hunted down by Herod’s troopers.  And yet the world changed.

America is now at one of those light extinguishing moments.  We now have a choice.  We can follow leaders who seek to divide us and turn us against each other, or we can stand our ground and stay firmly in the light of God’s oneness.  The choice belongs to every one of us and it is ongoing.

But the sun will rise, light will shine down upon us and from within us and the new world will arrive.  And God, not hate-filled leaders, will prevail.

 

 

 

The Passing of a Paradigm – The Great Division and Disclosure.

Aluna Joy Yaxkin

Aluna Joy Yaxkin

This is an article published by Aluna Joy Yaxkin shortly after the polls closed in America on November 8, 2016.  I am reposting this on our page because we must immediately confront what this election means and how we are going to live our lives in a new reality.

Aluna Joy writes: “I received this message weeks ago, but I am posting it after our voting has closed, because this article is not about a singular election. I know this article may ruffle some feathers, so I am going to say this nicely… If you post angry, ugly, political comments, conspiracy theory, or any fear mongering, they will be taken down. It is not the point of this article, nor will they be relevant. I am asking you to see these world events and our personal events as clues to our evolution.”

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The Passing of a Paradigm. The Great Division and Disclosure.

For decades, we have prepared for where we are right now. And if we feel torn in half in more ways than we can count, then we are a part of a great divide between worlds. Anxiousness, anxiety, overly passionate, mixed with profound apathy are a part of everyone’s daily experience these days. We are ready for it to be OVER already, and this encompasses more than you think (If you dare… Read more…).

We are being asked to let go of our expectations of anything continuing as what we perceive as normal. The old material world was created from frequencies and belief systems that no longer apply! This will be our new flow … to embrace the continual and sometimes shocking changes. We must remember that no experience or earned wisdom is ever lost, and that they have helped us arrive to where we are right now. Any constructs and programs that are based in truth and natural law will always remain, and morph into new and higher frequencies and expressions.

We have cleared out most of the barriers to our inner truth, and we have transduced reality and spirituality down to one core decision. There are two clear sides now on how to make any decision. We can choose what our material world (ego) supports, or we can choose what our hearts (love) support. These two are further apart than ever before. There is a huge detachment, a cosmic unanchoring, from the old material world among a huge mass of the population. Global apathy is gripping us in a tight hold that we can’t seem to break free from. We might think we are giving up on changing our world for the better, but what if we are letting go of what is not true to make room for what is?

I do not like to get political, but for today it is a good analogy for what is going on in our cosmic evolution. So please don’t post angry political comments on this post, because you will miss the point of this message. The point is … are we literally voting (physically and spiritually) to collapse the old world paradigms so a new world can be born.

A few clues…
In the UK, most people didn’t know how to vote on Brexit. Yet… a majority said they DID vote for succession from the EU. Yet, when it was all said and done, they were shocked when it actually succeeded! And now they want a do over. What? And the UK is not even vaguely prepared on how this will play out for them. So what happened? Did England’s citizens vote for something they didn’t want? … Or did they? Are they voting to let go of old Earth paradigms.

The same issue is happening here in the USA. We have two main candidates, and no one seems to want either one, at least in my circles. No one knows how to vote, and most people say that they will vote for one, because they don’t want the other. It isn’t a vote when you vote to avoid something. This only neutralizes our creative energy. We sit back in a weird, confusing detachment, and we have allowed these events to happen.

Another clue is the question why real quality people are not attracted to the job of running a country. Out of millions of smart people worldwide, has it really come to this? Is it because these jobs are becoming obsolete and not supported by the future ahead of us? Just think about it.

Going through the motions of what we use to be passionate about is also a big clue to what we might be letting go of. Are we becoming, numb, anesthetized and simply waiting it out? This pervasive feeling of drudgery and plodding through what was once exciting and passionate is a huge clue that we could be pulling our energy out of old archaic systems. Does it mean that the old way of governing a country and planet is not as important to us as it once was? Is it now obsolete? Is something new beginning to take its place?

It is becoming clear that we (most who are still reading this now) are letting go, and allowing the self destruction of the constructs of an old paradigm by simply standing back and allowing it to happen; like cutting the string to a balloon that we do not want anymore. Are we allowing an implosion to take place? Choosing nothing, even the lesser of the two, is a vote to fully enter the void between worlds and travel toward an alternate reality. Those of us who are looking impartially (a.k.a. witnessing), with eyes wide open, can see that even ones who appear to be unconscious are actually helping us let go of the old world paradigms. Like I have said in the past, we may have arrived from different places, but we are in the same boat now, together as one.

These huge changes, wobbling in the very structure of our society’s foundation, are huge clues to what is happening WITHIN US now. For most, the energy has been freaking insane! It is like someone opened the pen and let a heard of wild mustangs out! The etheric duck tape is off our true voices, and we are unleashed, bigger and wilder. We are completely unprepared for this new, wild west world. We are letting go of the past, but we are still fighting to throw all caution to the wind, and really let go.

In our personal lives, we are torn between what appears to be practical, provable, and material, to what our heart and soul yearns to be true. It is getting harder to choose any path at this point, and yet magic is beginning to happen from many perspectives and many paths all at once. Humanity has a lot of irons in the fire so to speak. There is a matrix of possibility in front of us. We are now standing firmly on the first foundation stone in a new cycle of time. Say good-bye to linear time and creation.

The temporary whiplash effect.
I find my consciousness continually going to multiple places where anything is possible, and then whiplashed back into the current reality of limitation. We need to ask ourselves “Are we dreamers, or creators?” Do we let our dreams die and face what we think is still reality, or do we give a final big push to birth this new world. It is feeling very tangible now. We need to move past mere imagining into fully creating as living masters.

This great divide has been coming for decades and most evidently to most people since 2013. The only place I feel the Earth is holding any equilibrium for a new evolution is in the world’s sacred sites, the ley lines, the dragon lines, the serpent lines, etc…. It is becoming apparent that these places will hold firm through this shift as they have through many other shifts prior to this time. No wonder we love to be in these sacred places.

Rebooting a huge cycle of time, like this 104,000 year cycle of the maya calendars, is new to us all. We didn’t get a guidebook, or an owner’s manual to this new cycle. We have no idea if we are making the right choices or where this is leading. We only have our heart to listen to, and, even with that, it doesn’t seam practical or even familiar. It might take decades for us to see the results of what is happeing RIGHT NOW. Evolution uses massive cycles of time so that life can evolve with it. And up to now, we usually don’t live long enough to see the outcome of these shifts.

Have we now grown this strong?
Are we ready to vote for the last veils to be removed that have kept us from collective global truth, and are we voting (allowing) others to do this heavy work for us? Yes we are! If we truly want all the darkness to be revealed and have full disclosure, who would be willing to step up and do that job for us? Are you following me here? Only a person fueled by ego, power and a total loss of a moral compass would walk into this job. God bless them.

And you might think “Oh no, I didn’t want to vote for that like the Brits did.” But what did we expect when we asked for truth to be unveiled in a world that is still quite asleep? Was your vote wrong? No! On the other side of this temporary chaos and global mess, these unconscious ones are unveiling to us all the hidden lies. Don’t they know we can see this happening? They are blinded by their heavy purpose to dissolve this world, and they don’t see that the world’s camera is on them right now, and we see the truth!

The acceleration of duality is astonishing, nearly comical, and it is leaving us simply dumbfounded. We are seeing a HUGE rise in the victim versus the aggressor. We are seeing this in global politics, violence, racial divisions, record breaking weather patterns, Earth changes and solar events. All of these events are giving us just what we asked for! They are helping us to finally achieve full disclosure of truth and the resolution to all the lies that we have been fed. The children’s story about the emperor has no clothes has come to life.

We want those that we vote into power to be intelligent and honorable. If we had better more impeccable and honorable choices, we might have voted for them. Thus we might have stayed in the dark, and the lies and power mongering could have continued. So what we have in front of us is a choice to accept these court jesters in our lives. We must support them in their process to unveil to the entire world all the skeletons in the global closet! And then we can be done with it. So now we can understand why no intelligent and awake person would want the heavy job of dissolving out of date constructs and programming. (Again God bless them all) When you think about it, we are pretty clever for allowing others to do this hard work, so we can all reap the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow … A new world.

Fearless!

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

Less than a month from now we will be celebrating the election of a new President. This will be remembered as the most unusual and contentious election in American history. And then it will be over and life will go on and we will adjust to whomever a majority has selected to lead us for the next four years.

Between now and then many of us will wrestle with fears about who the victor will be and how dangerous he or she is. Media hype will help us ramp up the “fear of change factor” in order to sell ads for soap as we watch the ads for politicians.

Eight years ago, Central Texas stores sold out all of our “hunting” ammo right after the election because we feared our new President would confiscate our weapons and cancel the right we have to own them. The past eight years have been littered with similar fears. But we’re still here and still free and still leading the world.

However, our fears have consequences. Because we have been programmed to believe that “terrorists” are plotting on every corner to attack us, we have allowed somebody to create, right before our eyes, a completely surveilled society and we have repeated the nonsense that, if we have done nothing wrong, we have nothing to fear from Big Brother. But have you noticed that when using your phone, or email, or watching TV there is a little voice always in your head asking if someone is listening to what you are communicating?

And as for terrorists, the odds of being in a terrorist attack or being killed by a terrorist are about one in several million. BUT the odds of having a child with Autism are now less than one in 68. And some of us believe that there is a cause for this dramatic increase in a condition that had one in 2,000 chances of occurring 40 years ago.

By allowing ourselves to be controlled by fear, we neglect solving real problems that are hurting us. And Autism is just one example. The environment is another.

When it comes to fear, our religions are often headed in the wrong direction. Here is the spiritual law that is always in place, all the time, all over the world: Love and Fear cannot co-exist at the same time and in the same place. One always dominates the other. Our Christian churches talk love but motivate with fear. Fear of Hell is a pretty good example.

Here is the truth. Christians and non-Christians alike are all created by God in his image……we are like God and we enjoy, with Him, massive and wonderful characteristics that He exhibits. Chief among these is that we are, each one, eternal. We will survive death and our souls will live forever.

This, alone, is reason enough to seek to replace fear in our lives with love at every opportunity we can.

We have an opportunity, right now, as we move toward the resolution of this current election campaign, to seek only Love. Here is the benefit. As we seek but Love, we will discover that we have all the power we need to solve the problems facing our country and our world. Our greatness is guaranteed by our Founding vision which clearly states that we, The People, are the government.

Let go of fear. Don’t wait. Fear just holds us hostage to ideas and situations which are not true. God’s greatest attribute, which we share because it is the glue of the Universe, is Love. We are Love, God is Love and Love is eternal. Let’s go and be fearless!

Predestination vs Free Will

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As an Ordained Presbyterian Minister, I can talk with some authority about this question. And the winner is: Free Will!

Quantum Physics, a subject the various churches flee from at full speed, will be much more the guide to the future of theology than ideas of the past 500 years. Pre-destination is a given. We are all pre-destined to live forever and we are all pre-destined to have thousands of lives in this solar system. We have been created by God to be powerful and evolving souls. We are pre-destined to evolve to the goal set, by God, for the species Mankind.

Gopi Krishna stated that goal best: “The future evolution of the human is not ordained to be a living computer with all the facts and figures of the material universe at his fingertips. He is destined to become something more. Intellect will be but one of the major features of his superior mental endowment. There will be other faculties that transcend his reason and bring him into direct touch with those planes of creation which are, at present, impervious to his senses. The whole drama of life on the earth, from the very beginning, has been designed to produce one sovereign form of mind to know the secret of its own existence. The earth has been chosen to be the cradle of this glorious being ordained to propagate himself even on other planets in space.”

We are on a journey to becoming something far greater than we can imagine at this time. This is where the Quantum understanding of the universe comes into play. One of the key elements of Quantum Physics is possibilities. Every step we take opens possibilities that could not have been foreseen prior to taking that step. An example is the Hubble telescope picture revealing a dime-sized piece of space that has 40 billion galaxies within it. Quantum Physics says that we have endless choices and we will see and experience what we are looking for, even galaxies we never could have believed exist.

These Quantum Possibilities can lead us almost anywhere, and some of “anywhere” happens to be very dangerous territory. This is why we have these major global religious traditions. They take us back at least 10,000 years and show us the historical paths that we must take, and decisions we must make, if we are to meet the goal set for our evolution by God.

As our current political discussion and landscape clearly show, we are easily led astray from the road that leads to our glorious future. Like sheep, if we do go astray, God will find us and lead us back to the path of our evolution.

But our free will allows is to create a situation where politicians, ignorant of the consequences of their bluster, can lead us into a lightening nuclear war, lasting no more than 24 hours and killing perhaps as many as 500 million people and throwing Mankind back in time 200 years. According to the folks I listen to, we are very, very close to this happening right now.

We will get to the goal set by God for Man. But we are free to choose easy paths or high rocky climbs that few will make successfully. Each soul in this drama can chose, almost with every breath, how difficult the journey will be.

In today’s religious-political landscape, The Dali Lama provides a guide that sums up all the spiritual wisdom of the ages when he says: “We just need to be kind to each other.”

Faith Roundtable / Hill Country News

Boom Box

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“Is religion an appropriate basis for political belief or does voting based on religious conviction ultimately impede the religious freedom of others?”

The church is a tiny voice in our society, and acts even tinier. The big voice, the thought leader, the decider is the Military Industrial Complex which includes Big Media. Media is the control room of public thought. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, even Scientologists and Mormons take their thought prompts from Big Media. And Big Media wants us to be afraid and anxious most of the time.

It is not surprising that when we think about the question before us, the mind immediately goes to the voting block known as The Evangelicals. This group of seeming like-minded Christians can be counted on to vote Republican regardless of who is running. And Big Government and Big Media court these Christians. That is, they gin up the fear in this group to ensure the right wing candidates will get their vote. Faith becomes fear. Would we really be so against taking care of our brothers and sisters in need if we had not been taught to fear our brothers and sisters getting “handouts” from Big Government with “our” money?

News reports this week suggest that, in Louisiana, these same Evangelicals who were all Trumped up two weeks ago have had a sudden change of mind about government handouts and are actually grateful that the Federal Government has been there to help relieve the pain and trauma of the current 500-year flood.

Our Faith matters very little in political issues, especially when it comes to taking care of our own people. The problem is that our faith is seldom used as a guide-post in political matters. We act as if our innate political insight is much better at solving problems than the guidance of our faith and the Golden Rule.

No church, alone or in concert with other churches, can solve some of our human problems when they involve millions of men, women and children forced to live in poverty, mal-nourishment and squalid conditions in America. The problems are too big, and require big support if we are even going to pretend to solve them. But then we are told by our Right Wing politicians that we want none of this fearful Big Government telling us what to do with our money.

The Military Industrial Complex with Big Media can tell Christians what to think and vote, and a large number do. The Church seems powerless to actually motivate people to choose between their fears and their faith.

We are actually much better than all of that. The current Pope seems to be the only big voice for Christian Values. He challenges even American Presidential candidates to act out their supposed faith.

But Stephen Colbert, the late night comedian, says it best:

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

If the question posed for this Roundtable was critical, we would have to say that people do not vote their faith, but their fears, and this seems to be in line with how all of us are being programmed to think.

Working for the Man. Hill Country News, August 24, 2016

Small B&W MG_6032by Chuck Robison

A friend sent me a chart by the Cato Institute that outlines what States pay unemployed workers. It was meant to belittle the “government giveaways” to people unwilling or unable to work. Here is my response:

“At the moment, there is no State in America where one can find a one-bedroom apartment a worker earning the minimum wage could afford.  Even Walmart workers are forced to apply for food stamps and welfare for their children to compensate for the meager salaries paid them by this international retail giant.  And this is built into the system. There are less real jobs and less willingness to pay for the work people do.  So some of our States’ willingness to support people who cannot find work more profitable than the support offered by the various State governments is a step in the right direction.

We have reached the 500 year deadline for the end of the Protestant Work Ethic. I hate to see one of my theological heroes, John Calvin, retire, but we are replacing people and jobs at every turn with machines and systems. This will go on for the foreseeable future. Ask your ten-year old child to explain how AI will change work in the future.

There is an old hymn in every Presbyterian Hymnal that puts to music a poem by James R. Lowell, published in the Boston Courier, December 11, 1845.  Titled, Once to Every Man and Nation, it contains the following lines:

New occasions teach new duties
Time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.

We are moving from the 5000 year old Age of the Warrior to the new Age of Cooperation.  In this migration to a new understanding of who we are and why we are here, we will see the words “Welfare” and “Charity” become “Sharity”  There is more than enough of everything to go around. Along the way, as we begin to really cooperate with each other across the globe, the need for security will change, and we will be able to dismiss the Military Industrial Complex and its greed for perpetual war and for all of our resources, money and even our meager spiritual lives, as Eisenhower warned us would happen. We are destined to experience the goal set for humankind by our Maker, through the divine process of our spiritual evolution, and we will see the ending of today’s dark ages.   The lights are coming on all over the world and compared to where we will be 500 years from now, we will marvel at how difficult a time this has been.

The visionary Buckminster Fuller (1895-1993) saw and influenced the future.  Imagine how this almost blind man could see, back in the 1980’s, so clearly what is happening today!  The momentous change in which we find ourselves in is really only beginning and it gives a hint of things to come. Here is what Buckminster saw:

‘We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.’

Like it or not, we cannot go backwards and the future, although dramatically different, looks bright and positive. And God is in the center of it all. Come and see!”