Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


The Common Person Wins the Fight with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Speculation suggests that the first religions were a response to human fear, created to give a feeling of security. Religion however can also simply be a method of answering the many questions that stream through our heads. Why do I love my children so much? How can my husband annoy me, yet bring out the best in me? Why is that sky so beautiful? How can I find meaning in life after horrible unspeakable things happen?

The political landscape of religion has been that authorities are in charge of providing solutions and prospecting the future of service to God. But this cultural norm is being challenged by the fact that the common person is capable and willing to serve God in health, wisdom, and purpose with or without authorities. Since time began, common people have been de facto soldiers in the fight for answers to common questions.

Human beings have a dual nature. As individuals we desire the freedom to be independent yet as social beings we live and work in groups for support and protection. Paradoxically, this dichotomy tempts individuals to struggle for ascendency in power or position in a group. The conundrum snowballs as some individuals appear to become helpless or dependent on those powers of authorities.

Society generally point-blank tells the common person that he or she is not entitled to make pivotal decisions concerning God and religion. That is the job of authorities. However, individuals and society are confronting this closely held cultural more head-on and taking seriously that the arguments used by religion are deeply oppressive to the common people.

Even though the greater society bars the common person from expressing their individual authority to serve God, we can serve God anyway. We can remove the paralysis that set in after religion gets distorted to serve authorities instead of God. We can stop fighting to maintain the past status-quo and instead fight for answers that help us in the future.

We all have the right and responsibility to serve God, fight for our wellbeing and strength to be useful in society. We can receive creative intelligent inspiration. Moreover, we can work together to build a momentum of individual freedom and equality to serve God as the whole that we are.

1 Timothy 6:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.



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