How to Prepare for Judgment

God, please help me be less spiritual in the New Year…

Maybe I’m just a contrarian, but a friend shared a link to this piece on Facebook. His post, an the blog post itself, both say this: “Come to think of it, I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘You know, I’m just not a spiritual person.'”

Well, then, if you, like they, have never run across such a person, allow me to be the first.

I’m just not a very spiritual person.

Maybe I am playing with words, and maybe not. The original post allows that for some “spiritual” may mean taking time for personal reflection or taking up a cause larger than oneself.  We are told quickly, then, that neither of these is biblical spirituality.  While he correctly (by which I mean I agree with him) identifies biblical sprituality as the pursuit of God, he goes on to suggest only scripture reading and prayer as spritual disciplines.

Therefore, though I regularly read the bible and pray, I am less spiritual than I used to be, and I’d like to be even less spiritual in 2012 than I was in 2011.

This poor man’s understanding of the pursuit of God does not seem to include much of the kinds of things Jesus, God incarnate, did in the Gospels.  There is no mention (in the blog about spirituality) of things like feeding the poor, healing the sick, tending to the widow, the orpan, the stranger; all of which figured large in Jesus’ own life. 

I’m afraid Christians too easily fall into translating “spirituality” as some sort of private thing between the individual and God.  As if “spirituality” is all something within an individual.

On the other hand, I am more and more convinced of the truth of 1 John 4:20:

If anyone says, I love God, and hates a brother or sister, he is a liar, because the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister who can be seen can’t love God, who can’t be seen. (Common English Bible)

If that makes me not very spritual, so be it.