Ah so, each of the announced Republican candidates (and most probably the as yet unannounced) stretch just as far as they can into the realm of Christian fundamentalism: but imagine the real Jesus, Yeshua bar Alaha, lusting for war the way these true believers do! Imagine that same Yeshua bar Alaha dropping to his knees in worship of greed, privilege, and power like these apologists for the profiteers of the same. Imagine that, still the same Yeshua bar Alaha, hungering for the oppression of women, the opposition to the immigrant, and for the exploitation of the Earth... Are you willing and wanting to join in with these true believers and say and act as a "fuck it" to one and all?
That which passes for the religious imperative in "religion", culture, economics, and politics is a mockery of the Living Spirit: but then, religion has been, for thousands of years, mocking the Beauty and Compassion of "It" who is Love-without-Limits... and so with John Lennon, I think it long past time for "and no religion too"... And a resurrection of genuine spirituality: a spirituality emerging from the "cave" of the Dominator Paradigm and returning to the truth of Original Blessing: we live in the inter-section of the Divine and Human; we find our purpose through Service and Creativity; and our greatest good is to Be Love Now... The religion of patriarchy is a complete failure: the proof is in the pudding of the Republican candidates for President (although to be fair -- ? -- that same pudding mixture most often includes the candidates of the Democratic and other parties, with a few notable exceptions...).
The Natural Way is the potential for active grace: the witness of Yeshua bar Alaha is for this "religion before religion: the "no religion" of mysticism and of the Divine Feminine. The renewal of the sensual and the contemplative as the "two hands of God" is a beginning point. A second is like the first: constructing a world-wide "community of relations" capable of nurturing all the children: around all the children of the Earth. Every system must become fully engaged in this nurturing: every power must come to bend its knees before the Child (oh Christians of America: you claim to worship the Child Jesus but you starve thousands of children everyday and harm millions / billions of other Children through policies and practices of neglectful idiocy...). Transformation -- the transformation that is of vital importance to the evolution of our species -- is but the conscious decision to cross the threshold of faith: the faith that we humans are truly worthy of the focused Love of the Holy One, the faith that every Good desires our good (the Universe is Conscious and Benevolent), and that the faith that is required of us is not "right belief" but an actively cultivated Wild Ecstatic Love...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.