For some time now, I have been contemplating how, and when, to write this post, and recent events have brought things to the forefront to where now is the time, I believe, to discuss this issue. I have written on this topic before, and likely will again, but this time, there have been certain posts I have seen on social media, and conversations I have had recently that made this issue an impossibility to set aside.
There are a few people whom I have known for many years now, who claim by their words to be spiritual people, and often to be true Christians. One of these people was my Spiritual leader while I was attending church, and her words and prayers were intensely powerful. The Love that she demonstrated was beautiful to behold. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
Over the last few years, since she stopped leading the church, she has begun a personal business Spiritual webpage, and holds workshops teaching others. However, her focus has changed in what she preaches. With both my former Spiritual leader, and with many others I know, both business and personal, I see a significant increase in judgment, hate, self-righteousness and hypocrisy. I have seen churches who will do these wonderful things for various groups in the community, not for the good of the community, but for “growing the church for Jesus”.
I am not going to tell you that I am always perfect. I have to fight on a constant basis to overcome all of these same issues in myself. Anyone who knows me personally can tell you that. However, I also try to make a point to admit that yes, while I do have these issues, I am not going to preach that you need to overcome them and be loving and compassionate yourself, while I am going to hold onto the same issues I am telling you to get over. My very nature rebels against doing so, as does my frustration at watching these so-called “Spiritual, Loving, followers of Christ” who condemn others for not doing what they demand.
I do have to say, that recently, I was shown a ray of Light and Hope. Things at home and at work have been highly stressful, and there are many things that are going on. One of the people I work with, a young gentleman, devout in his beliefs, is also a beautiful Light Worker. He is more than willing to set himself aside to help others in need, teaches youth classes in his church, and he is genuinely one of the most selfless people of his generation that I have ever met. It is an honest pleasure to work with him, and it always gives me hope for the future. He truly exemplifies what it means to take on the responsibility of Spiritual Leadership.