HCN Faith Article for November 15, 2017

 

Polaris

 

By Chuck Robison

 

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

                                                          — Immanuel Kant

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.

Many thousands of years ago, after perhaps hundreds of years of observation and analysis, a small group of men in a field somewhere concluded that there was one star that never moved.  They knew this to be correct for they had kept an oral record of all the observations for all that time.  They knew two things to be true.

First, there was one star that was always in the same place, while the other stars rotated around this one star.  Second, this star could always be found by locating its neighboring stars, usually thought of as the Big Dipper.  This star was the northern most point of all the stars that rotated around it.

The predictability of this star’s location and the sameness of its light resulted in it being known as the light that never fails.

The Universe had provided us with a natural and universal compass in the heavens.  All sorts of adventurers and explorers have used it to find their way over land or sea and they still do.

That, by itself, qualifies this as being one of the great discoveries of all mankind.

However, just as above, so below.  We have also found that each of us carries our own moral pole star in our hearts.  It is there to keep us from becoming lost in life’s journey.

It is that still small voice that quietly seeks to guide us back on the path of peace and love, which is what we are in our most basic and also most sacred sense.

We experience this power sometimes more than others.  Right now, our world is going through a moment of Global Confusion and a kind of species-wide nervous breakdown.  We see it everywhere.  In America, we are being forced to confront the reality that a minority within our country has set in place a process that is destroying our country as we have known it.

Currently there seems to be no will to change this dangerous course, nor any vision to replace it.  So, we will have to ride it out.  It may take a long, long time to bring America to a level of greatness we all took for granted just twelve months ago.  Or we may never again experience our once highly regarded place in the world.  And it does not matter that our mortal enemy of the past 75 years, The Russian Communists, have helped corrupt us into this downward spiral.

The problems that our moral compass now addresses have always been with us and are more urgent now than ever.  We are being divided by forces that want us to be against our neighbors and our fellow citizens of this land and of this world.

In this storm of Global Confusion, the temptation is to go off-course and take sides against each other and then attack each other.  When we use force against each other, we deny the fact that there is only One Power in the Universe.  And it is this Power, which is God in us, that will ultimately resolve this situation.

Here is the message of our inner moral compass:  That compass, like the one in the sky, is there to show us the way to a safe journey.  It is there to help us rise above the rough seas and treacherous trails that one encounters when we forget who we are.  We are all One.  One species, One creation, One Universe, One Power and One God over all.

Pay attention: In the times ahead, each of us will need our moral compass to survive.  Take this seriously.

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HCN Roundtable Article: Should the Churches be Taxed?

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state. The Constitution forbids the Government from proscribing any religious anything. Hands off, and for the longest time it was understood that was a two-way street.

But since 1980 and the Religious Right’s total takeover of the Republican party, there is a serious blurring of the lines between church and state. Actually, (and I do not consider this an exaggeration) if you are a Christian today in Texas you are also most likely a Republican. Test it out.

In the olden days, when clergy started to lead social justice solutions, we were told we had gone from “Preachin’ to Meddlin’!”, meaning we had no business trying to have an influence outside the church.

Yet today, you cannot get elected to political office nationally and in many states without the Evangelical Vote leading your support.

And, oh the Rascal Masters who lead the church into politics! You may remember The Reverend Franklin Graham speaking publically on September 12, 2001 and admonishing the Bush Administration to go immediately to Atomic War with the whole Middle East. Then, of course, President Bush called his milder response a Crusade, mirroring a time when the churches’ actually did hold power over the Kings themselves.

But on August 8th, 2017 according to Huffington Post, a Republican right-wing pastor who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board claims God has given The President “full power” to launch an attack on North Korea anytime he wants, any way he wants.

Robert Jefferies, head of the Dallas First Baptist mega church, told CBN that a biblical passage in Romans allows rulers to use “whatever means necessary ― including war ― to stop evil.” The good and famous Dallas Reverend shows he knows nothing of how the Constitution works. But his ignorance does not preclude him from assuming that his role gives him unique power in this government of the people, by the people and for the people.

So the church cheers on a war when its own ruler commands His followers to love their enemies, pray for them, and care for them. The churches’ real job is not to stop evil, but to overcome evil with love and light. To demonstrate love rather than promote fear and death.

The politically active Evangelical Right wants a war more than it wants to feed hungry Americans, clothe Americans and heal them with the right of free medical care.

Now, with that thought in mind, ask yourself if there really should be a separation of Church and State. If so, then we need to reel in the church leaders who are calling for nuclear war and giving their opinions as if God Himself were speaking.

But, since the churches’ command more than a trillion dollar’s worth of real estate, alone, we are not likely to ever see them allow the government to tax them for anything. Sad.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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

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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!”