“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore him in the spirit of meekness; considering yourselves, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Mashiyach. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”
Spiritual people come in all forms, some are introspective and noble and discerning, full of kindness, mercy and grace and an inspiration to be around… other “spiritual” folk… not so much. We’ve all met Jewish or Christian fanatics who operate on a cult-like fervor about God or Torah, offering us opportunities to buy into some religious shtick, some even try to force it down our throats. Some use super spiritualism or guilt tactics, they feel they have a direct line to heaven and become obtrusive, demanding and rather tiresome to be around. Well, two different kinds of “spiritual” people, and of course, two different types of “spirits”.
So let’s look at spirituality as it relates to personal conduct, shall we? There are plenty of “spiritual” people involved in leadership, some think they can rise above the rest of us, they are not transparent, not accountable to anyone, because they think they operate on a “different” kind of spirituality because of their position. No way. These folks are a clear and present danger to themselves and to our spiritual growth. They often lay all sorts of detours in front of our paths so we can’t find our way to the Kingdom of Heaven, or grow our relationships with the Father YHWH and His Mashiyach. They want to take “authority” over us, part of their “success” is measured by numbers of dollars and people who support them and how tight they can pull the noose of “authority” around our necks.
Does it really matter whether certain leaders are ignorant of the Kingdom or whether they are willfully malicious? When the damage is done, it’s done. Let’s be vigilant about “spirituality” and “truth” as it pertains to the many Judeo-Christian ideas out there. The truth is that carnal and immature people use “spirituality” to mask their unrighteous conduct, well meaning leaders are still out there devastating the Body of Mashiyach. The fact is that each of us has One path to One kingdom, it’s our job to stay on that path that leads to Life, not be distracted by “the shine” of religion.
Part of the work of a Beit Din is to help define righteous spirituality versus damaging and hurtful religious expressions that are the root of religious bigotry and discrimination on personal and macro levels. Mashiyach exemplifies universal accountability and equality for everyone, this is course is the main reason he was rejected by religion and those with a distorted spirituality.
The next time you are studying Torah and Mashiyach please think about this. How much of the Word of YHWH is about conduct? How much of the Bible is about religion? Tell me, what percentage of your life and Faith has to do with your conduct? How much has to do with your intellect or “theology” about YHWH? You already now where I’m going with this don’t you? You’ve likely hear this little proverb.
- Understand your actions, for they become habits.
- Study your habits, for they will become your character.
- Develop your character, it becomes your destiny.
Our character becomes our destiny. Mashiyach in you the hope of glory. Transformed into the Image of Elohim. Conformed to the Image of His Son. Our conduct is our spirituality and our spirituality is our conduct.