Brand Leaders?

​Though all of Mankind can take solace in the Saul to St. Paul redemptive template, or the “your’s was not the hand that slew” response to Moses when he doubted his mission for having killed an Egyptian soldier, or the “let him with no sin cast the first stone” statement from “The Brand-leader Himself”, still, the following story is not easy for the largely Christian Empire of the globe to keep unprocessed.

The truth is that if the brand of global Christianity with its pastoral, educative, child-care, health advisory and legally binding institutional services along with its property ownership and management of financial services was invented today, it would not be allowed to get off the ground.

Such is the disparity now between the core brand messages of The Founder, such as “give away all your money to the poor and follow me”, and the actuality of the land owning, client abusing, elaborately robed and upper class appearance of the staff when juxtaposed with the actual existential condition of millions and millions of erstwhile Christians, then it is no wonder that the wheels have fallen off the wagon of Anno Domini.

The last scene of “In the Shoes of The Fisherman” strike me as the only answer to a beginning to a journey out of the present global crisis of faith in organised religion – I suggest you search for the clip of the film of the Morris West story, or look at the rest of my blog.

As for Christ …. you’ll find Him on the streets, shoulder to shoulder with the transparently suffering, as usual.

The frenzy of the Executive pitfalls

There should no sense of superiority when looking at the continuing collapse of celebrity reputation around sex instinct boundary infringements. The rule of consent is of paramount utility in determining physical legality.

However, Jesus Christ, so often trumpeted by President Trump as being ‘on-side with America’ in that country’s on-going attempt to rule the world, has left very clear guidance as to the determining of metaphysical legality.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5 NIV)

This Sermon on The Mount text of Christ also of course prepares the way for the Islamic treatment of thieves in the 7th century as The Prophet (pbuh) salvaged his micro culture with The Qur’an, as well as the need to insulate sex energy with some sense of mutual understanding, as very few are free to “cast the first stone”.

So, how to proceed in the 21st century as the global religions collapse in on themselves under historical doctrinal attrition and modern day dark ops?

As a Spiritual Counsellor, my opening message is the disease paradigm that I have been writing about for some years now. This disease of stuck-addiction©️ is a spiritual problem with a spiritual solution.

Sex

 “Now about sex. Many of us needed an overhauling there. But above all, we tried to be sensible on this question. It’s so easy to get way off the track. Here we find human opinions running to extremes — absurd extremes, perhaps. One set of voices cry that sex is a lust of our lower nature, a base necessity of procrea-

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tion. Then we have the voices who cry for sex and more sex; who bewail the institution of marriage; who think that most of the troubles of the race are traceable to sex causes. They think we do not have enough of it, or that it isn’t the right kind. They see its significance everywhere. One school would allow man no flavor for his fare and the other would have us all on a straight pepper diet. We want to stay out of this controversy. We do not want to be the arbiter of anyone’s sex conduct. We all have sex problems. We’d hardly be human if we didn’t. What can we do about them?

   We reviewed our own conduct over the years past. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate? Whom had we hurt? Did we unjustifiably arouse jealousy, suspicion or bitterness? Where were we at fault, what should we have done instead? We got this all down on paper and looked at it.

   In this way we tried to shape a sane and sound ideal for our future sex life. We subjected each relation to this test -was it selfish or not? We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live up to them. We remembered always that our sex powers were God-given and therefore good, neither to be used lightly or selfishly nor to be despised and loathed.

   Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we must be willing to grow toward it. We must be willing to make amends where we have done harm, provided that we do not bring about still more harm in so doing. In other words, we treat sex as we would any other problem. In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter. The right answer will come, if we want it.

   God alone can judge our sex situation. Counsel with

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persons is often desirable, but we let God be the final judge. We realize that some people are as fanatical about sex as others are loose. We avoid hysterical thinking or advice.

   Suppose we fall short of the chosen ideal and stumble? Does this mean we are going to get drunk? Some people tell us so. But this is only a half-truth. It depends on us and on our motives. If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson. If we are not sorry, and our conduct continues to harm others, we are quite sure to drink. We are not theorizing. These are facts out of our experience.

   To sum up about sex: We earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing. If sex is very troublesome, we throw ourselves the harder into helping others. We think of their needs and work for them. This takes us out of ourselves. It quiets the imperious urge, when to yield would mean heartache.”

(pp68-70 AA Basic Text)

The above extract from the text of the original manual that introduced the 12 Step Programme to the world back in the late 1930’s stands up remarkably well as it speaks now to 21st century cultural forces.

The key message is that individuals can formulate an ideal for this particular instinctive appetite to be fed and to feed another, that it is no different to any other instinctive appetite, and that once clearly defined, there is always a solution to a problem.

In the light of the rather clumsy global laxative that is the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, this extract is offered as a source of elegant roughage to be added to the pundit ridden diet of diatribe that might then firm up our rather loose expressions, should anyone wish to of course ….. recovery, like policing, is best applied upon request and by consent.