Advent: An Age of Uncertainty…(December 5, 2008)

…demands a new set of freedoms. The liberty of license led to rampant divorce, STDs, familial dislocations. If we are absolutely free it is because we believe we are absolutely useless, so much so that our actions do not count. We are Epicurean, as the Epicureans never intended, for they were not originally Baacanalian but pursuers of virtue.

   If the sixties amorality is passe, if the anti-hero has had his day and the new heroes must emerge, we will need some very new freedoms. The new freedoms, of course, will descend from the ancient texts, for there is indeed nothing new (of meaning) under the sun.

   What might be our new freedoms?

   We have the freedom to accept our sin as our own, without investing the blame in another one. We were tabula rosa, we were tabula marred but much of our sin damage is self-inflicted and all we do with it is our responsibility. We may not be responsible for what we are but we are responsible for what we do with what we are.

   We have the freedom to accept our frailty as sin rather than moral defect. In each of us there is the logistikon, the rational mind, the overseer of all we think, are and do. In tandem with the logistikon, there is the thumoeides, the spiritual element of our happenings and the epithumatikon, our appetites, whether passive or active. Sin is not the overindulgence of our appetites but the exaltation of our logistikon, the perversion of the triune nature of our mind, spirit and desires. We have the freedom to admit our sin is sin and not mere moral frailty.

    We have the freedom to admit our spirit is homeless. Nothing satisfies the human spirit, so it is both restless and anxious, constantly on the prowl, as a predator waits for its victim and a victim seeks its own predator. Man stands outside himself, looking in through a dirty window to a dark inner sanctum, wondering what might live inside. Should he go inside? Should he walk away? He does not know, left alone, for his senses, experience and memory seek an authority he does not possess. Finally, if he would find a home, he must stop peering through the window and find an open door.

   The Christ is the open door to the Heavenlies. He is the home of the Spirit. He is the "cure" for the common sin problem.

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