God is love, rhizomatic love. The kind of love which lures you from the eternal beneath, violently disturb your very being and throws you into the open future. It is mistaken to believe that you can love, as if you could control the movement of life itself. As if your mind could possess both God and Nature at once. God is love which is the source of life which means that theology must recognize the continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty; the becoming of life.
Contrary to common belief, God is not difficult to find. A God in need of rescue and being found is unworthy of our time, literally. This is the meaning of orthodox, messianic faith. The love of God is the kind of love which finds you, which have grasped you from all along, from all sides. Yet there is more and there is always more. Much more!
Messianic faith is also a call for justice, a directed love for the poor, the widow and the hungry. In other words, rhizomatic orthodoxy cannot avoid drawing attention to unjustice and the willingness of love to stand with those in any form of oppression. Divine love is to discover that God is already there, already present in the suffering and the joy of the marginalized. The rhizomatic root-system of God is in place as the topos of faith, but where are we?
The human all too human belief that we can love is accompanied by the self serving act of turning one’s heart upon itself. This act is hamartia since it is the denial of both life and God. To protect this love of self we erect houses for the one true Sacred Name around it, thus separating ourselves from the impure; the unlovable and untouchable. The belief that we can love makes love impossible since love knows no limits. Within these confines God is nowhere to be found and stories of a realm beyond our own, where God lives, emerges. In other words, there is an erotic temptation, an idolatry of love all to prevalent, all to human, subsiting through the ages.
The rhizomatic orthodoxy directs our gaze towards the earth, the other, the future but never to the beyond. The root-system of faith is the connection with a love from below, grounding us and driving us. A life giving love calling us from the deep. As Thomas Merton writes; Nomen meum eructavit caritas ex profundis (Love uttered my name from the depths).
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