one big dialogue

bob dylan is one of my heroes. not only did he become a christian… he was a critical thinker. too many people invite Jesus into their hearts while dispelling logic from their minds. not only logic–they reject most creative or intellectual urges for fear of sin.

i believe in thought. i believe that, as a person in relationship with the Creator, i should feel free to be as creative as possible–to think and feel and express–because i am connected to the One who invented light, beauty, music and language. that’s why i love bands like chad vangaalen or sufjet stevens, beach house, the eels or stars–they’re daring to create music beyond the rigid diameters erected by society.

the way i see it, life is one big dialogue. we’re all on a journey and we’re all seeking truth. i guess you could call Jesus my tour guide through life and death. he makes sense of good and evil, and the impossible. he gives me the love and peace no human could ever offer. as one seven-year-old girl said to me: “Jesus is the quiet spot in my brain.” he is the quietness i crave. he is the reason behind this beautiful, terrifyingly big world, and the catalyst behind my dreams and visions.

we’re all companions on a journey, sharing different discoveries with each other. we may not always agree, but that doesn’t mean i’m going to assume a position of judgment and slap a title on you. we’re equals, we’re one–we’re pawns of a meaning-addicted society, trying to divorce ourselves from a mass-produced lifestyle while still remaining comfortable. we’re rebels in a quiet sort-of way. we’re writers, masters of an unmasterable language, ‘trapeze artists’ in this circus called life.

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1 Comment

  1. Annie said,

    January 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Emily, your words bring to mind the dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees in Matthew 22:34-40 (caps emphasis mine):

    “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’

    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    Paul also encourages believers to engage their minds in Romans 12:1-3:

    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

    So we are called to surrender ALL of ourselves for transformation, that we might give better expression to God’s will and truths in our lives, words, creative efforts and dialogues.

    As you point out – it’s vital to remember that all individuals are created with equal value in the image of God, and it is the respective value or merit of IDEAS which are to be discussed. Logically speaking, not all ideas are of equal worth, but people are. So we must guard that distinction in our minds as we dialogue with others.

    One of my all-time favorite verses pertaining to believers using their minds and faith together in expression is 1 Peter 3:15:

    “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”

    Love you!
    Annie


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