We often take great pains to distinguish good from evil. What if we were to integrate them within ourselves?
Psalm 85:4-5, 10-13 4 You, the God who can save us, restore us! Stop being angry with us! 5 Will you be mad at us forever? Will you prolong your anger from one generation to the next? … 10 Faithful love and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed. 11 Truth springs up from the ground righteousness gazes down from heaven. 12 Yes, the Lord gives what is good, and our land yields its produce. 13 Righteousness walks before God, making a road for his steps. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
On Psalm 85:1-13
Israel’s God showed a remarkable diversity of character — fruitfulness, favor, forgiveness, wrath, fierce anger, displeasure, love, salvation, peace, glory, faithfulness, holding grudges, righteousness, … How often have we tried to strip God of all the ‘negative’ characteristics. We don’t want a God who can show fierce anger or displeasure — only affirmation and love. Yeshua wasn’t willing to emaciate God by robbing divinity and mystery of the dark side. Yeshua, as part of his calling, refused to resist evil. He went inside and incorporated the bad along with the good, the dark with the light. In that process of integration, he found redemption and salvation. So, why is it that we, ones who bear the name of ‘Christ,’ all so often desire separation of good and evil, the dark and light parts of ourselves, so that we can eliminate the evil dark parts of ourselves. It never occurs to us that we could (should) work toward a dynamic integration of the opposites, rather than an elimination of the negative. Maybe that is why we have so much trouble accepting Yeshua as he is/was, rather than as we want him to be. Maybe that is why we yearn for a heavenly after-life as the locus for our salvation. Justice and peace can kiss each other because peace is the integration of all that is in conflict into cooperative community and justice, the integration of the high & mighty with the down & out into a dynamic, functional society that serves the needs of all.