Conversations with God says that economics is our spirituality, demonstrated.
How we do business, how our society handles its commerce, tells us a great deal about what our values are.
The New Spirituality talks about these things. There are those who think that it shouldn't. Keep God out of life on the street, they say. Stay away from social commentary, they say. Stay away from politics, economics, military issues of war and conflict--anything, actually, that has anything to do with how we actually LIVE.
Keep the spiritual discussion elevated. Rise above mundane, day-to-day issues and controversies. Yes, these are comments that I hear all the time. People--even a surprising number of so-called "new thought" people--want their God and their daily life separated. They don't get the connection.
The connection, of course, is direct and immediate. Our basic and most sacred, fundamental beliefs about Who We Are in relationship to God and to each other are most powerfully and impactfully reflected in our day-to-day, 9-to-5 activities, not in philosophical articles posted on the Internet or sermons delivered from pulpits.
In fact, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams work hard to get their messages OUT of the churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques and INTO THE STREETS, where those messages can do some good. The New Spirituality must do the same thing. That is why I am relentless in exploring social issues and political questions facing humanity today. I have no intention of stopping.
This is the surest way to reduce my popularity, I know. Everybody loves a spiritual messenger who speaks in platitudes and niceties and aphorisms and gentle admonitions and encouragements. No one wants to hear from a spiritual teacher who says, "Hey, what's up here? Do you really believe the message of Conversations with God and the New Spirituality, or are you just giving it lip service?"
This is, of course, why they crucified Jesus. He could have espoused a gentle theology all he wanted and no one would have paid much attention. But when he became a social activist, he crossed the line. He stopped the crowds from stoning a prostitute. "Let those who are without sin among you cast the first stone," he said, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He drove the money-changers out of the temple, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He confronted the Pharisees on their own ground, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He told the parable of the prodigal son returning to his father's house to receive the same reward as the son who stayed and worked hard for 20 years -- and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled.
He said we are to be our brother's keeper. He said we are to turn the other cheek when offended or hurt. He said that when a man asks us for our coat, we should offer him our shirt as well. And a lot of people walked away, feeling shamed and disgruntled. Jesus turned the values of human society and culture upside-down. He said we had so many things all wrong. And he was right. And his society crucified him.
What the world needs now is spiritual messengers willing to bring an unwelcome message: we have so many things all wrong. Not "wrong" in the sense of Right and Wrong. "Wrong" in the sense of, "This simply doesn't work. Is anybody noticing?"
No one wants to hear this. No one wants to hear negativity. Even New Thought advocates who claim to be working to change the world admonish against "spreading negative energy." One must not be critical of anything. One must speak in positive terms only. If a person is standing on a railroad track, we may tell him how to get off before the train hits him, but we are not to discuss how he got there in the first place, or that it is not a good place to be because a train is coming, or that the train IS coming, or that this train itself is on the wrong track and would not even be on its way to kill us if we had not put it there...
Let us use another analogy. We are on a stormy sea, but for God’s sake, don't rock the boat. Don't rock the boat. Row the boat, row it madly, get us the hell out of here, but don't rock the boat while you're doing it.
© 2019 ReCreation Foundation - http://www.cwg.org - Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.