Balancing Struggling Seeking Release

2012

About the drawing

This was hard to do as I was both agreeing and crying. The story of trying to understand the Bible against the stories of how people tyrannically abuse it are hard. David Peel, in his session, Sola Scriptura – The Achilles Heel of Reformed Christianity, made us see much indeed.  As an avowed scientist and an avowed Christian, he bravely unpacked the balancing act of faith.

The people at the bottom are pushed there by the unseen who push the tomes on their heads and backs. On the scales are the things we so try to understand – science and the practice of faith. A magnifiying glass to see deeply is balanced on the one side with scripture and church on the other. Look hard under the New Testament side and there is an empty tomb and a cross – the symbols which feed the stories; and, the New Testament is firmly linked to the Old Teastament scrolls.

As I was filling in the details at the bottom  of the page, I was listening to the film, Love Free or Die, the story of the move from Gene Robinson’s consecration as the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion to the decision by the Episcopal Church in the United States that no priest, of any sexuality, will be barred from any ministry at any level.  As I listened, the figures at the bottom moved from human to animal; I couldn’t stop the pencils trying to show me how we all can choose to treat humans as if they are no more than beasts to move where we want them. The central green figure has a hoof for a right foot…

And even so, the light shines through and at the top, bursting up and out is the word, flying the Bible pages out to the winds.

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