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Not a word of what is below is mine.  They all belong to Richard Rohr.  This was my devotional reading this morning.  It’s too good not to post!   -MDP-

Kingdom people are history makers.  People who are still living in the false self, in the false world of illusion, are history stoppers.  They just keep repeating.  They’re conformist, fearful people, the nice respectable proper thinkers of every age who think collectively and have no power to break through.

“Woe to you when the world speaks well of you,” Jesus says (Luke 6:26). He seems to know that unhealthiness will usually be called healthy and normal.

Kingdom reality is seeing life in a new way:  Things are not what they seem.  It’s not what you think.  Only one thing is absolute.  All else is relative and passing.  The system is the way people think when they don’t think.

Kingdom thinking will never be commonly accepted.  The system is very seductive and blinding.

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  1. Kris Johnson
    January 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

    What does Rohr define as a “History Maker”?
    When I consider whom some of our most prominent “history makers” are – Just off the top of my head: Hitler, Nepolean, Alexander the Great, Emperor Nero, Constantine, General Custard, Stalin, Lenin, Emperor Mao, Prophet Muhaamad, Joseph Smith……..

    Not exactly people who I would consider examples of kingdom life. Of course for everyone of them there is a true leader, and revolutionary history maker: Jesus, Martin Luther, Erasmus, Mother Teresa, George Washington, et cetra. I’m just curious what he means when he says “history maker”, because from what I can tell, living in the kingdom of God is hardly a pre-requisite.

    Also, to say that everything is relative, with the exception of one thing, and then to go on and state authoritatively that –“the system is the way people think when they don’t think” — seems a bit contradictory to me.

    I don’t know what ” the system” is, but I wonder: How can Rohr claim to have authority in his words and beliefs if everything is relative?

    • January 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Kristopher…he doesn’t explain. I “assume” that a Franciscan Monk comes from a specific paradigm that involves quite a bit of exposure inside of a large and slow to change “church” system. It could be that the challenge is to our own personal history, not just the headliners of all mankind. You pointed out well, not all headliners and history makers have left a pleasant or honorable trail. Personally, I got my hands full with my own history. I don’t want to be stuck for the rest of my life in the current of my past or my present comfort. That means I have to change…and not just for change sake. Jesus did say “Woe”. That is disturbing enough for me to consider what the crap is going on around me. Thanks for weighing in. It’s important that you ask questions.

  2. Kris Johnson
    January 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I appreciate the context Mike, thanks for your response.

  3. janina
    January 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    that’s quality. thank you for sharing.

  4. PAUL
    January 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Thats what so great about Rohr. No easy answers so we can get the gold star in class. There is “Jesus” quality in the way he makes us think, ponder, get pissed, and never just say ” I get it” and move on.

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