simply too casual

Thou waitest for the spark from heaven! and we,
Light half-believers of our casual creeds,
Who never deeply felt, nor clearly will’d,
Whose insight never has borne fruit in deeds,
Whose vague resolves never have been fulfill’d;…

Matthew Arnold

A human being becomes human not through the casual convergence of certain biological conditions, but through an act of will and love on the part of other people.
Italo Calvino

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(Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

There once was a time when we were more stately…
We were more formal, more deliberate, more serious.
We were respectful, mindful, courteous.
We gave honor to where honor was due.
We were appreciative and we knew how to convey our gratitude.
We were respectful to those who were older, who held office, who defended our Nation.
We knew that it was ok if we didn’t always agree with someone else’s opinion, we could appreciate the differences of thought while still being polite, kind, courteous.

We dressed in our best when going to the airport, to church, temple, to school, to a play, out to eat or to the movies.
We took pride in our appearance despite our social status.
We appreciated the work done by all as we all took pride in what we did.

God was the Creator
Jesus was His risen son
and the Holy Spirit, a Divine Mystery.

We were wooed and awed by the Divinity of the Creator
He wasn’t our friend, our pal, our buddy…
But rather He was our God.

We worked hard, studied hard and revered our faith.
We marveled in the mysterious.
We knew of our place in the Universe and were humbled to be participants.

We were human and appreciated our humanness
We respected life
As we mourned the loss of life
We cheered for the good guys and we collectively rallied against the bad

We were civilized and took pride in our civility.
We appreciated orderly and clean.
We worked hard for what we had, even if it was very little, we were still proud.

Today we have grown overtly glum, smug and casual as we consider most of life passé.
We have become rude, disrespectful, self absorbed and consumed by massive consumerism.
We don’t give a damn about others or what they may think or care how they may feel—
Just take a look at our politicians, entertainers and athletes…
We want everything for nothing, as in we want it all and we want it now…
We wear entitlement like a badge and are proud for all to know it.
We don’t want to work hard for what we have, preferring to take the easy way up and out.
Clothes are optional as everything and anything goes.
Our faith has been dumbed down to a feel good prosaic.
We make excuses, demands and assumptions.
We have grown mean to one another, hateful to those who have differing opinions and distrustful to anyone who dares to cross our path.
We don’t have much time for religion as it tends to slow us down.

As the question now begs to be asked…
Are we now the better for who we’ve become?

Christians today appear to know Christ only after the flesh. They try to achieve communion with Him by divesting Him of His burning holiness and unapproachable majesty, the very attributes He veiled while on earth but assumed in fullness of glory upon His ascension the the Father’s right hand.
A.W.Tozer

19 comments on “simply too casual

  1. LightWriters says:

    powerful missives…thank you, and blessings!

  2. LightWriters says:

    p.s. is the entire quote, about “…There once was a time when we were more stately…
    We were more formal, more deliberate, more serious…” from Tozer?

  3. ColorStorm says:

    Dang jewels,

    I can’t keep up with your post after post of gems. This one here, above all else, really appreciated the notion of God being our pal or our buddy.

    True, He is intimate, but there is to be a reverential awe which you suggest is somehow lost in the translation.

    True we are to draw nigh………….but also true, that this drawing is on holy ground. Nice J.

  4. David says:

    Spot on as always Julie!

  5. Nicodemas says:

    Wonderful post. I love the concept of being in awe. We need more of that.

  6. These are the things I grew up with and the kinds of people that were all around me. It’s so, so sad that that world is gone and I fear that it is forever. Great post my friend. Let’s pray that somehow, someway the pendulum will swing back one day. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  7. Jenna Dee says:

    You description of modern American society is mirrored here in Australia. I too long for the days when people respected others and themselves. How we are now reminds me of over-indulged children who behave badly and get whatever they want. Love Jenna ❤

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