Love and security … the same or not?
We know loves importance ….
Love is our vital core. We grow warm because of its presence, and cold because of its absence, and when it is completely gone, we die. (Heaven and Hell 14, Emanuel Swedenborg)
And we know how when love is present, we can settle into a peace, a miraculous peace, a vital core, a peace which as Christ says “passes all understanding.” It feels secure there.
But there is another security that love is not. That security remains needy, self serving and clutching. Churches must work in the space that questions that type of security.
I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want to a Church concerned with being at the center and which then ends up being caught in a web of obsessions and procedures…. More than our fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits that make us feel safe…..