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Do you want to be a cynic or the beloved?

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Seems like a fairly easy choice, doesn’t it?  To live as a cynic or to live as the beloved one.  Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child describes both:

The Cynic

“In sexual love the cynic perceives lust; in sacrifice and dedication, guilt; in charity, condescension; in political skills, manipulation; in the powers of the mind, rationalization; in peacefulness, ennui; in neighborliness, self-interest; in friendship, opportunism.  The vitality of the old is pathetic; the exuberance of the young is immature; the steadiness of the middle-aged is boredom.” 151

Here is a previous post on cynicism I made earlier this year

The Beloved

“The engaged mind, illuminated by truth, awakens awareness; the engaged heart, affected by love, awakens passion.”   Passion is “a fierce longing for God, an unyielding resolve to live in and out of the truth of our belovedness.” 152

Romans 8 tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Following is Mannings take on this:

“. . . Absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of Christ.  Neither the imposter nor the Pharisee, neither the lack of awareness nor the lack of passion, neither the negative judgments of others nor the debased perceptions of ourselves, neither our scandalous past nor our uncertain futures, neither the power struggles in the church nor the tensions in our marriage, nor fear, guilt, shame, self-hatred, nor even death can tear us away from the love of God, made visible in Jesus the Lord.” 156

Are you living as a cynic or as the beloved?  What needs to change?

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