Dear SOCM-FORUM Members &
Especially Bro. KJ Geevarughese (Babu),
This refers to your posting, wherein you expressed the following:
> I notice that, All the writings, it is very much vishualise that one and
> all blaming to other, finding the fault putting masalas and serving to
> others for entertainment and to show, we are the only one who is sinless
> and the children of God. What we do all will be accepted by him and give
> us eternal part with him and the father. Is it we mean? In Christianity I
> never read anywhere in the Bible nor from a scholar, always you should be
> jealousy or to hate others, there I will please on you. All ways
> rependence and saturations keep one calm and peace.
> I feel, some section of ours always interested disturbances and others
> unhappiness. What I like, It should be appreciated, followed, and preached
> to all. This type of mentality is of course devil and I feel God never
> encourage or bless.Is this is the outlook of ours? and our people taught
> form our forefathers? Is it Christianity? Whatever thing we do, we say we
> quote about Christianity, Is it? What it is? What should be our coming
> Generation accept? Whether we now calculate, they should not be a peace
> loving lot? Always hate others? This question is putting to the readers
> for their thinking...
> Is it Christianity or for our temporary satisfaction or to please someone?
> Babu, > St.Marys OS Church> Ahmedabad
In this connection, following is my observations:
IT is a universally accepted fact that the core purpose of human existence
is TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE. But, the duration of this limitation can
never be known to us. There are three periods in life: a period of birth,
a period of living, and a period of death. Within these there are two
different and opposite elements of life which have encompassed the realm
of human existence. They are LOVE and HATRED. The two opposite elements do
not have necessarily an unsolvable conflict in life. Naturally, we humans
have a negative tendency of thought that the bad overcomes the good.
The first period of our life, that is birth, is just a short time, and the
third and the last period is death, will pass as fast as a flashing life.
Within these two there is the most important and critical period of
LIVING, whose duration of time cannot be foretold, composes varieties of
living experiences. Is in this period that we are to prepare ourselves to
face untimely challenges of communal clashes, economic insecurity, class
discrimination, superiority of particular person and religious dogmas and
unwanted crimes. The happenings in this period can be untimely, and one
may not be prepared to face it. We are unprepared because UNDERSTANDING
AND FORGIVENESS are not available to us, because we are not ready to make
them available for others. And these untimely challenges put us in the
midst of laughter and cry. Since the untimely and the unwanted happening
in this period is eminent in ones life, it is the individuals
prerogative to judge it and put forward his/her further steps. There lies
the proper way to life.
It is easier to hide than to share with. It is tougher to act than to
speak out. Life is not a drama, but is the scenery, which is seen and
viewed from different angles. The beauty of this scenery does not depend
on a viewers opinion, because originally life is beautiful. There will
confusion behind a pretentious smile, and it brings out a wrong confidence
in the community. The pretentious smile is hollow in nature, and it has a
high tendency to be proud of its achievements in the community. (Earlier
these examples were seen only in our political life, but now it is
prevalent in our religious life also, and that is why you Brother Varghese
or Babu, are getting agitated). A true smile is not just an expression
of a facial look. It comes from a sincere heart of the one who smiles, and
it can be heard and seen in words and action. It will not differentiate
between classes of people to whom it is addressed.
THE ABOVE CAN BE TERMED AS BIG-HEARTED OR A SOCIALISTIC APPROACH BY A
HUMANIST. But in reality let me tell you the TRUTH, which is not a
negative thinking, but a fact: IN OUR PRESENT SOCIETY, COMMITMENT TO
TELLING THE TRUTH IS UNDER THREAT.
I confess it is a great struggle to find the balance between telling the
truth openly and boldly and acting with love. I think that often those of
us in the midst of the current atmosphere dont realize how much extreme
or untrue statements upset others who hear them. Once they get into print
or on e-mail and go around the world, it is almost impossible to correct
them. The law in most countries is that you are innocent until proved
guilty, but sometimes in the Body of Christ, you are guilty until proved
innocent. If we are to see victory in these confusing days, then we must
listen to one another and try to keep communicating with one another with
GRACE (the gift of the Holy Spirit). Along with graceless criticism often
goes a tendency to make exaggerated claims, again without sometimes having
the facts right.
The really big mistakes and sins that cause grief to the Body of Christ,
in ways that are hard to assess and evaluated are not usually those of
some inexperienced or from a common man, but from people who is holding
higher and coveted positions and have high reverence among the faithfuls.
Due to the confusion created by them, naturally people opposed to these
new found dogmas and schisms were felt either sidelined or face the most
vulnerable deviations from the tradition and subsequently its consequences
only created the hatredness and division among the faithfuls. Please read
Think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by
human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, God chose
the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Cor. 1:26-27).
Somehow nationalism and perfectionism has got married to legalism and
together these can now stop even the most sincere and zealous disciples
from practicing their true faith. To come out of such situation, lets be
honest about our differences. On some occasions, there will be the need to
take a harder line on some issues. One of the marks of maturity is the
ability to disagree without becoming disagreeable. In fact handling
disagreements with tact is one of the crowning achievements of the GRACE,
again the gift of Holy Spirit. The IOC captains lack this, and hence not
only their words, but also their deeds find criticism and opposition from
among the faithfuls.
Due to the prevailing unrest (more than a century old) many people like
the Jacobites, and now yourself and scores of other IOC believers, have
felt rejected and hurt because they were not received by the proponents of
the new schism, simply because they did not have the same understanding.
In reality all the people who have been rejected to some degrees, because
they did not fit in with someone elses expectations because they were
not come up to the mark on any one of a hundred possible issues, which may
or may not have genuine importance. What makes this problem even more
complex is that so often preachers emphasis these smaller issues from the
pulpit, affecting how their congregations think and how they evaluate
other people and their beliefs. I think that our behaviour often
testifies that these little issues are more important to us than the unity
and reality that we have in Jesus Christ. Please remember No one who does
a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for
whoever is not against us is for us (St. Mark 9:39-40). How beautifuly
our Lord put it in. Whereas I doubt our leadership do not get the hidden
message from it till today.
It is a fact that the Supreme Head of Syrian Orthodox Church showed HH
big-heartedness and gracefulness by forgiving and forgetting the past
misdeeds of the perpetuators of the current unrest in the Malankara
Church. They could not understand the GRACE of HH because the GRACE from
the HOLY SPIRIT is really missing from IOC captains of today.
St. Mary's JSO Church, Ahmedabad