Paul writes in Romans: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” For the first century Christians the writings of the prophets and spiritual leaders were considered sacred. Unless we know and understand what life was like for these early Christians, many in exile from the official church, we cannot truly understand the meaning that Jesus and his disciples really mean. Our translations over the centuries have been reworked so often that their original meanings many be truly lost.
We must accept that for these early Christians, their only society was spiritual and colorless. There was no bling. There was no physical structure called church. They looked to God and Christ as spiritual teachers and protectors. They understood that God’ Grace keeps all true believers in peace. All God asks is for us never to despise, condemn, or speak evil of anyone. I trust that we find these three simple requests difficult to do. I know that no matter how meditative I am I sometimes think wrongly about people I know. This is my sin.
I try to overcome this by entering my secret place of prayer and meditation.it is here that I expand my spirituality; it is here that like my early Christian ancestors that I struggle with the mortal loss and grief of human life. Through prayer and meditation, I try to unbind my spirit and let all thoughts of derision pass by me. I know that with God’s help, this is possible, as are all things.
Pray with me to be as the early Christians in our spiritual belief and acceptance of God and Jesus as our protectors, leaders, and comforters.
© Russell Kendall Carter