This post continues the “Old Fool’s” musings about mysteries in the known and the unknown. How can he worship God in the church and respect science in Borderlands? He has dubbed this exploration “my sci-tho-lo-gy.”
One Sunday morning I enjoyed the sermon so much that when I crossed over into Borderlands I said, you should all have heard this morning’s sermon. One brother replied that “should” had limited use in Borderlands conversation, that it didn’t sound right to him, that it made him uncomfortable.
My brother’s discomfort is easily understood. Neither he nor I like being told what we should do. It’s so easy and comfortable to tell others what they should do. In baptism we promised to give counsel and receive counsel. Is giving counsel always easier and more comfortable than receiving counsel?
Here is how the morning worship is viewed by many Borderlanders: the hour is heavy with shoulds. We should be quiet except when we should sing. We should listen to the sermon, should believe and should not question. We should ignore data.
I do not automatically resist the shoulds of the first service. Using Paul’s language, a should (law) may be written on my heart. It becomes an inner motivation by my choice. But when I cross over into Borderlands I am expected to leave “shoulds” behind me. If I tell Borderlands members that I have decided to do something, I will likely be asked for the data that moved me. Data gathering is the Borderlands way of learning.
Jeb Hostettler scholar, humorist and magician provides an example. Uneasy because of the data related to gun violence he feels he should do something about this crisis in US society. He is so deeply disturbed that he has decided to act against gun violence. He informed readers of his decision in his blog and invited them to advise and join him. Go to his blog and the comments by clicking here and read for yourself.
I invite you to ponder the Haiku below: (Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry: 1st line five syllables, 2nd line seven syllables, 3rd line five syllables. Count them.)
“Should” is not all bad.
“Should” when self imposed is good.
A good “should” births deeds