Unbinding Faith

“God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. I love that.” - Bono (Paul David Hewson)

Paul David Hewson, most commonly known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer and musician, best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2.

For those of you who know me, you know that one of my universal themes is the arrogance of clergy of all faiths suggesting that the God of their understanding is the one you should believe and follow the precepts of. I have been down that path for many years and all I have seen that create is a Shoah – Calamity of the human race.

My decision to become a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor was directly connected to my disconnectedness and disillusionment from my years of being told who, what, when, where, and how I should be and what would happen to me if I wasn’t.

Dogma and doctrine have divided us for so long. I am not sure that clergy of any faith have the right to begin thinking that they know God as God intended for us to know God. I agree with Bono 100%. God moves in mysterious ways at a pace that I know I do not comprehend, but have total and abiding faith in. For me to suggest to you what and how you should believe and practice borders on infamy. Your relationship with God is personal and intimate and only you can choose what God will be in your life.

Regardless of your religion, rituals are there for your joyful experience as a way of enhancing your relationship with your God, but please remember at all times, that what, why, how, how often and how many are between you and your God, not your cleric. No man or woman has power of you unless you choose to give it to them. I may learn from mere mortals, but my faith is in a God who powers that no person has, ever had or will ever have.

My prayer for you today will be to affirm the God within you as we all journey through God’s loving and compassionate universe regardless of whether we sit, kneel, lie down or dance. We are all God’s children and God loves us all equally.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

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