Bondage and Freedom

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From Wendy Farley’s The Wounding and Healing of Desire:”Weaving Heaven and Earth: “The focus of this hook is therefore on the obstacles we hear within us that prevent us from even wanting justice. The focus is not on sin but on the wounds that bind us to self-hatred, hatred, paralysis, meaningless self-sacrifice, illusion, misdirected patience, rage, violence, and the mutilations of affliction. I write as a Christian and feminist theologian but my adoration of the blessed Trinity compels me to seek that beauty and power in all of the cosmos and in every religious tradition. It seems to me a kind of blasphemy to constrain strain the power we name as Christ only within a Christian church, as if the infinity of love could tie itself to a narrow lineage of thought and history. Christ laid on us only one commandment, that we love one another. But imprisoned and wounded by the difficulties of life, we find this the most impossible of all. Instead, we throw up any number of obligations: to believe a certain way, to hold certain political views, to uphold particular moral positions, and so on. This impulse to despise ourselves and one another is so deeply rooted in our religions that we forget that nothing that forms us in hatred has anything genuinely religious in it. These impulses, even-or especially-when inculcated by Christianity itself, are only more wounds, more signs of the bondage that holds us so far away from our capacity for compassion. Perhaps reflecting on the interior dynamics of bondage and liberation will help remind us that there is only one freedom and one command and they are the same: to know ourselves beloved of God and to allow that love to flow within and through us toward all the world.”

Roger

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