Can you see the classic old balancing scale in your mind, the one where one side must equal the other for perfect equilibrium. Richard Rohr points out, that in the very early church there existed a dogma whereby ideas; one on each side of the scales, held in perfect balance; then we asked questions giving time for truth and the Spirit to give weight for one to measure in reasoning tip the scales to a level we could understand. Over the past 500 years it has become more important to prove our ideas to be right, than simply ask each other questions, for truth is now above the level of equilibrium and more within our grasp?
In the second chapter of Luke we read this:
“And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking questions.”
How do you hold something in complete balance without an equal measure on the opposite end? Can the opposite of one profound truth, be yet another profound truth? I hope I am not as Niels Bohr once alluded to, trying to express myself more clearly than I am able to think. But, the moments which “suck” the most in our lives are just as holy as, the moments we feel all holiness around us. Why? Because all moments are holy, if we earnestly are attempting to live our lives like Jesus. If we are, then “listening and asking questions” about two things which seemly are both true yet are decidedly opposite becomes paramount.
Back in 1985, a movie came out, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdom, starring Mel Gibson with the title song: We don’t need another hero, sung by the one and only Tina Turner. Some of the Lyrics are these:
Looking for something we can rely on
There’s got to be something better out there
Love and compassion, their day is coming
All else are castles built in the air
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change
Living under the fear till nothing else remains
All the children say
We don’t need another hero
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the thunderdome
It has become all too important to have the right answer, be in the right religion, share the right political view and trust that, “My Jesus” fits perfectly into my faith, my religion, my castle. You can have yours, I will have mine. Faith becomes nothing more than looking for something that a man can rely on; never something, a man should aspire too! Jesus was capable of listening and asking questions, are we beyond this? So what has changed? We fear not being right, not being in control, we need to be the hero. And the chorus plays on: “We don’t need another hero”. I need to be reminded daily about my hero, “In the beginning was the word,” to practice being strong and courageous, that Jesus walked on water, raised the dead, made water into wine, gave us bread and wine, told the ol’ devil to hit the skids, took and beating and walked out of the grave alive. What does this mean to you, I’m eager to hear? For me, it just means, I don’t need another hero. Ain’t it so.