May I recommend a book, of interest for implications of the lack of spiritual roots and the use of high rhetoric, spiritual and secular, to cloak manipulation in human interaction through the present corporate situation. It is “Bait and Switch” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Reading earlier entries of your redirection into the preisthood, as it were, following the “head-handing” you alluded to, I would ask you to consider the following as you continue:
* First, please be mindful that while what can be called the direction of God does lead to new and fruitful things, there are (as is shown in this book and which I have seen personally) many more cases where it is used as a convenient label for individuals or denominations to impose their views on others who are shaken and vulnerable.
In the case of employment, for instance, one is not encouraged to look outward at what could be changed about the system that has brought him or her to this particular point in their life. Practical reforms of an economic or political system are seldom mentioned or given serious consideration. The first, and dominant, consideration is always “what is God trying to tell you about what to change/surrender in YOUR self by this situation.” That may have a place, but unremitting emphasis on this point makes it all too easy for reforms that can be acheived on a structure of humanity to go begging.
* Second, as one who is working cheek by jowl with the bureaucracy and institution that is the US Army, I see daily paraded before me young men and women barely out of childhood who are having their identities stripped from them by drill instructors. What they were before they are encouraged to forget; what they are to be now is an orderly, uniform mass compliant to the will of its Master. They are taught to believe in Something Greater Than Themselves, and that there are times when Sacrifice is the Highest Form of Giving. The Master reserves the right to decide what that Something Greater they believe in is, and when the time for Sacrifice is. And this uniform mass can of course think for themselves, but only within certain bounds; set, of course, by the Master.
I would like to think that you are writing on “investing time” with someone in “discipling” with the highest of intentions, but I would urge caution in overusing these words, sir; particularly given the broader meanings to which they are prone.
It is a short step from “investing time” with a human being to “investing time” with a business problem; it is a short step from “discipling” to “drilling.” In both cases, you are no longer considering the human being as a sentient, made-in-the-image-of-God creature. They have become a tool. Like the soldiers of this and all other armies, like the workers in any corporation, like far too many people in all situations, one who is being “discipled” so often only becomes a tool to be used by the discipler, so they might achieve their own ends of power in their system of status, so they might stamp another silhouette on their “Wall of the Converted” and feel better about the state of their spirituality.
I would urge great caution and consideration of the other side of your words as you continue, sir.
Peter J. Drake