Jonathan Martin – “Don’t Stand Up for Jesus, part one: the accuser”

“The most insidious thing about accusation, which is by nature a spiritual force (especially in context of any corporate human gathering) is that it has a powerful shared spiritual energy; it just feels so right.  We never feel more righteous—more holy, more pious—than when we collectively cleanse ourselves on someone else.  There is a sparkle, again a crackle in the air, an almost inhuman, otherworldly strength we feel when we participate in the spirit of us and them.  It is a force that can take hold quickly in a room.  It is a force of darkness that can be manifest through people who otherwise may seem kind, caring, reasonable or gentle—through “good” people.  I find it fascinating, for example, that when Peter attempts to talk Jesus out of the necessity of suffering (the path of all true spiritual or social change), Jesus exclaims, “Get behind me, Satan!”  Of course Peter had not suddenly somehow actually transformed into some kind of mythological creature with horns and a tail.  But for a moment, this well-intentioned, “good” man embodied the destructive force of “the Satan.” ”

via Don’t Stand Up for Jesus, part one: the accuser — Jonathan Martin.

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Jonathan Martin – “Don’t Stand Up for Jesus, part one: the accuser”

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