Training and Untraining

“Be imatators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1

My husband is working on his dissertation …the only thing is, he’s not enrolled into any class nor at any school and he’s not working for his PH.D.  However, he is working on what contributions he could make to the modern era of Christianity. I love that he attempts such feats. I’m very proud of him and supportive of his thoughtfulness and diligence.

Too many times I see people put their faith in someone who’s earn a degree, certificate, or a paper of some kind that says this person did exactly the same thing everyone else in their field has done, and then we’re impressed with that. We’re suppose to put our faith in educated and trained lemmings.

In Jesus’ day and age this same mindset was taught.

However, Jesus shows up on the scene and suddenly the people are amazed by him because he spoke with authority not like the teachers they were use to. How does this happen? Well it wasn’t because they knew Jesus was God at that point, but essentially Jesus was an imitator of God. He pointed at not the law itself as it was known at that time, and not just the acceptable practices, but instead to the heart of the matter… to the heart of God.

Jesus says things like, “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.”

Jesus claims to follow God precisely, to the point of imitating like any child might imitate their parents. Which also implies a close bond with God.

My brother once introduced me to the concept of the brilliance and innovation of the unlearned/untrained person. He let me know that sometimes training and education can essential ruin what is already there. Sometimes when we are taught to think according to certain rules, concepts, or systems then we forget about anything outside. We get stuck in our training. We get stuck in our own wisdom and knowledge. We forget that there’s still something to learn, or something new to discover. We stick with what we know according to our training.

Sometimes it the untrained person who discovers what’s really there all along.

On the tv show American Ninja Warrior one of the competitors Kevin Bull is know for his innovative thinking and actions which got him past new obsticale called cannon ball alley. Since it was introduced, no one else had gotten past it yet.  Kevin Bull was a walk-on, which means he was not original choose to compete on Ameican Ninja Warrior that night, but he waited in line for a extensively long time and finally was able to receive a chance to compete. Kevin Bull was also known for not training in a gym as most of the serious competitors do. Instead he trained outside in the wilderness of the forest and such natural landscapes. Kevin Bull became something of a legend for American Ninja Warrior that night, because of his innovate actions.

The untrained hero became legend by taking a risk and trying something different. By rethinking the problem. Now no one else followed him in his exact actions, but once he made it through a few other were able to make it as well by doing their own rethinking.

So often in our religious societies we suffer from training. We overthink our little thoughts. We analayze our tiny morals. We attempt the same thing in the same way is everyone else and hope that we are stronger and more capable than they were. This is the definition of insanity.

We need innovation in our lives if we are to be the people of God. We need quirks in our thinking. We need wonderment. We need to be willing to take a chance and be wrong, instead of worrying about always being right.

Jesus went beyond tradition and he sought the heart of God. He revealed the versatility of the law of God in pointing the people back to the heart of it all. This is something we struggle with in Christanity today. We are rule keepers and we don’t understand the heart of the God we say we serve. We look to authors, pastors, and teachers to translate it for us, but we rarely see it for ourselves. Somehow people still call this a relationship with God. But is it?

Are we interested in the heart of God? Or are we interested in Christian moralism? Is it possible to rethink what’s in front of us? Could there be more we’re not told about Sunday after Sunday?  Of course it’s possible. …Are we willing?

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