Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nothing Between You and the Presence

   "...'You shall not have other gods besides me' this meant no gods other than the God who freed the Israelites  yes, but it meant something deeper as well. It meant inviting God's presence - the living, breathing truth of who God is - to reside amid all of our thoughts, feelings, and actions, at all times.

To place anything - be it another deity or something more commonplace like romantic love, anger, ambition, or fear - before the Almighty is to give it preeminence in our regard. To become too attached to a thought or feeling or thing is to place it between God and ourselves. When we attache ourselves to something other than God, God's presence is blocked, unseen, and disconnected from our awareness. The straight line between creature and Creator is then impeded, and - as with most unwise detours - disorientation follows."

 - Elizabeth Scalia in  Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life., pages 14-15