Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
This morning I read an NYT article about the need for community action to make real change in the environment, and the challenges at this time when the strategies that would help are blocked by the current negative climate in DC. I read that individual action is valiant, but what will make a change is the community working together.
Early Friends knew this. Our testimonies get attention because of the shared sacrifice and shared support of that sacrifice.
Yet today I find that so often our conversations seem about dismissal, rather than continuing to enfold. I find that, too, with our actions.
This article, when posted on FB, was met by some who seemed to dismiss what was being said due to a challenging term. There seemed to me to be little interest in digging deeper to understand the concept behind the words... no looking 'where the words come from'. I appreciated the two people who thoughtfully reflected on the ideas presented.
The impulse to simply shut down is one that we are facing in society to a dangerous degree. Conversation has ended unless we know we agree with someone. I admit to having my panic with certain subjects. But I am trying to 'quit' that tendency. I've seen the harm it has done.
We often seem to use the example of George Fox at his worst when - as his journal shows - he 'flips out' at someone he is at odds with. I would hope that the approach of others - most notably John Woolman - would be our inclination: to engage with the people who distress us. May we learn from his conviction in that regard.