The following poem is found on the Statue of Liberty. Maybe we should refresh ourselves with these words and with this perspective.
The New Colossus
By Emma Lazarus, 1883
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I have recently encountered some disagreements with some folks. The interesting thing is that there is an assumption by some that my recent views were in error and the Bible was that to which these folks thought my political views were contrary.
In reality we probably interpret those specific Bible references differently and with different filters. That thought led me to ponder if there is anything in life that does not require interpretation? I think that there isn’t. No matter what we perceive, hear, feel or read, it requires that I evaluate what I have perceived and in that evaluation I bring definition and meaning to that which I have encountered. In reality some of that meaning is from perception, some is imposed by our interpretation.
At any rate, can anyone think of anything in life that requires no interpretation?
I read an article about Author Anne Rice. I have felt like her and understand her frustration. It is worth the read if you are willing to consider the truth in her experience and her words. We should all be willing to let go of that which calls us away from following Christ. You may disagree with her choice but I applaud her commitment to being like Christ.
via Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Being A Christian’.