Saturday, August 16, 2014

Immediacy: Burning Man Ten Principles Devotional Post #10


Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

The last and tenth principle does not speak to anything specifically spiritual, ad in some ways almost begs to remain materialist. Although inner self, social participation, and contact with something exceeding human powers  are listed, they are couched in the natural world, and do not necessitate God, or anything we might loosely define as a higher power. Nonetheless there is a sense of the transcendent being brought down, or at least something otherly trying to effect us. 

In the world of Christianity, we often fight to maintain a sense of the immediate presence or experience of God. The Transcendent One becomes the Immanent One through that experience, and this is our hope - to touch God. Touching God, knowing God, seeing God, hearing God - all have references in scriptures calling us to an experience of God, and there is nothing to be substituted for that experience of knowing God. Burning Man reminds me to press into life now, and not to wait. In the deepest sense it reminds me to press into Life now, and that Life is found in Christ.

"I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)

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