You cannot grow in [faith] without a strong tolerance for ambiguity, an ability to allow, forgive, and contain a certain degree of anxiety, and a willingness to not know—and not even need to know. 

— Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr

“The Spirit in You”
by David Flowers/Wildwind Community Church

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Sermon Podcast
May 25, 2014

In the first of two stand-alone messages, Dave looks at Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit.

If a person has a type of anxiety that can be fixed by prayer and other overtly spiritual activities, they probably don’t have a very clinically significant anxiety at all.

Most of the time, the spiritual activities people with clinically significant anxiety do to deal with their anxiety stem from the anxiety itself. They are forms of self-medication, actual functions of the illness. They are not so much “choosing” to do these things, but driven to them by the lack of other, more effective, options. Once people get the treatment they need (therapy, medication, often both is most effective), they can then make choices to do their spiritual activities rather than those activities coming out of the anxiety to begin with.

David Flowers

Why are liberals so flighty, and unwilling to take a clear stand on anything?

Why are conservatives so fearful, and seemingly need clarity on everything?

It’s so frustrating.

If you just got rid of one or the other (certainly the opposite of whatever group you’re in!), things would be so much easier and so much better. Right?

You could get all the fantastic projects done that you want to get done, right liberals?

You could bring all the stability and safety we need to this world, right conservatives?

Wouldn’t that be amazing, if you could get everyone who disagrees with you politically to agree with you?

It would fix all our problems, wouldn’t it?

Turns out it wouldn’t. Liberals and conservatives, you’re both wrong.

Or you’re both right.

Or whatever.

This video is one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains the true underlying differences between liberals and conservatives, based on his own research, and the research of others. It is almost disarmingly fair. Whether you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or something else, you will likely hear yourself represented here, and you will learn so much about yourself.

This video left me with the question, “Great, now what do I do with this?”

Maybe that’s exactly what Haidt intended.

When you talk to true combat veterans very few remain “Gung-Ho” after seeing combat…they carry tremendous guilt even though many times there was no choice to their actions…killing ALWAYS damages the person doing the killing .

It’s the same with hatred and anger…it will consume your life if you let it…even if you were a victim and have every right to your anger…at some point you have to decide that the way to a peaceful life…a life of true meaning and rich experiences is love and forgiveness….not hatred and anger. It’s just the way it is. That’s nature (I believe divine nature). It does not matter if we/you believe it….it is TRUE…it is the way we are built.

“You cannot break the laws of nature….you can only break yourself against them.”

Patrick Hale