Sunday, March 25, 2018
To what are Unitarian Universalists faithful?
As W. Edwards Deming, the teacher of Total Quality Management, said one time, "If you don't know where you'
re going, any road will take you there."
UUAWOL's mission is to provide a map, a cognitive model of the stages of the spiritual life. Currently we are describing the Walk With Love on the path of the spirit. We have been describing some of the milestones on the path of the spirit and one of them is faithfulness.
At present, we can ask, "How faithful are you in affirming and promoting the seven principles?" The question seems overwhelming and unwieldy. It might be easier to ask, "When you make decisions about choices you have in front of you, to what extent do you ask yourself, 'What would Love have me do?'" Are you faithful to this practice?
Faithfulness is another milestone on the spiritual path. Faithfulness implies an understanding and acceptance of who one is (a creation of the Divine) and the desire to walk with Love on the path of the spirit.
Faithfulness means giving up the path of the ego and all the idols that are placed on that path. We no longer crave money, power, status, sex, control and all the things that the path of the ego tells us are necessary for us to acquire if we are to be happy.
We have recognized the lies that the idols on the path of the ego have told us, and we have committed ourselves to finding a better way to live our lives, but sometimes that commitment is half-hearted. Sometimes that commitment applies to some things and not others. Sometimes that commitment is intense in times of desperation and stress, but less so when we are less desperate and the stress has been reduced.
We may see the benefit and desirability of walking the path of the spirit but we still are ambivalent. Matthew tells the story in Chapter 19:16-22: