Women and men are made good by a wise and infinite community that John and Paul call Love and then, tragically, by sin and submission to dark powers, we are found lost, drifting from our Maker, hopeless and dying, yet never ceasing to bear God's image.
If we are honest, we all have an agenda. My own agenda is shaped by a passage my mom taught me, Micah 6:8. It teaches that what God requires is that we seek justice, love mercy, and "walk humbly with our God."
A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.
The best songs of 2012 did more than please listeners' ears; they also advanced the genres they represented, whether it was pop, hip hop, rock, EDM or whatever we're calling Fiona Apple's music these days.
I send metta to the American voter in the coming days, hoping that those many who hear the voices of evangelists and vote on biblical principles will vote on principles of the New Testament rather than the Old.
We have two dogs in our heart. One is our actual ego, our reality as spirit soul, and one is the false ego, or our false identification with our temporary material body. Whichever we one we feed the most becomes dominant in our consciousness.
Can, and should, the religious conscience of one powerful individual be able to trump the popular will? The framers of this Republic, the men responsible for the shape of our governments, answered that question squarely with a "yes."
I'm not going to discuss the case, the evidence, the flawed judicial system, or the blatant disregard of human life. Not today. Today, I'll take a different perspective to explore the root of why things went so terribly wrong. The concept is simple: grace and mercy.