Sunday, May 5, 2013

To the Glory of God??

Religion & Philosophy

Someone very dear to me said to me a few weeks ago that my blog writing would glorify God. He said that this thought came to him as he was attending a conference and that he felt compelled to share it with me. I did not know whether to be flattered by the statement or to take it negatively; he himself did not understand why he needed to say this to me. I rather suspect, however, that the precipitating element was more my recent articles on religion, especially those that appear to impeach God. What does it mean to glorify God anyway? To glorify someone is to praise, exalt, honor, celebrate, extol, or laud that person. Whether by design or by accident, it is not my intention to glorify God in my writings. In fact, if that were the case then I would cease writing immediately. Now, please, do not get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against God. It is just that I cannot celebrate and honor One Who, among other things, is consistently absent. Not that I care one way or the other, for whether He were present or absent makes no difference as I find Him irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. But that's between Him and me.  To return to the notion of glorifying Him....I would prefer that my writings glorify and celebrate the human spirit - to celebrate our achievements, our creativity, our benevolence, our compassion, our tenacity, our fortitude, our resilience, our endurance, the best of humanity. I am unimpressed by power and might, especially power that oppresses, but what impresses me are the unseen, unspoken of acts of kindness, the resilience of the human spirit in the face of suffering and pain inflicted by the powerful. God does not need my writings to glorify Him, so let me glorify those who truly deserve it - my fellow humans. If others choose to glorify God, let them have at it. I choose to glorify the powerless, not the powerful.

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]

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