You shall be holy.
This is God’s promise.
This is God’s Problem<–confession I typed this first above, and figure its a Freudian slip of the keyboard.
These are the rules
We humans suck at rules.
Because we think Rules are about power.
But here God puts it straight, we are holy.
The rules are about holiness. They DON’T MAKE US HOLY. They are about what the holiness of who God is. When we follow the rules, we do so ONLY by the work of God
Revering Parents, Sabbaths-making, Gleanings for the Poor
These are not rules, these are ways of life, living into the holiness of God.
And I’m not certain we are called to Holy. Because I dinna think we can really do that. I think we are called to God, God who is Holy.
We are the people of God, not the people of power or hate. We are the people of the God, not the people of greed or consumption. We are the people of God, not the people of falsehood or slander. We are the people of God, not the people of hate or injustice. We are the people of God, not the people who hate.
This is God’s problem, this is Jesus’s work, this is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We are the people of God.
But here’s the real deal, if you mean holy by being perfect or pretty or untouchable
I am in no way Holy
But if you mean holy by getting down and doing the work that needs to be done to keep humans thriving through food, shelter & relationships. I’m willing to do the stumbling viscereal & reality that is being a Holy human of God