Compulsion of God
“I had come to realize that the harshness
of God is kinder than the softness of man and God’s compulsion is our
liberation.” The harshness of God is kinder than the softness of man and
God’s compulsion is our liberation. What is God’s compulsion? See Lewis said:
You know why I knelt down? Because I had to. I had to. Notice he’s using the word
compulsion. It’s not even so much that’s even a free choice. We’re gonna get back
to Ruth Burroughs experience in a few minutes, okay. Why did she become a nun?
Because she had to. Okay. God’s compulsion. What’s God’s compulsion?
Now here I have to warn you it’s gonna be a bad word in there, but it’s a good
word. One of my mentors has been Daniel Berrigan, the Jesuit who’s now also in
his 80s late 80s, and I think he’s been one of our- our spiritual mentors of our
generation. And I remember I was still a very young priest when I heard his
interview on television, and this woman who was interviewing Daniel Berrigan and she
says, “Father,” she said, “where does our faith reside?” So I ask you this question:
where does our faith reside? “Does it reside in your- in the head or in the
heart?” So I ask you this question: Does faith reside in your head or your heart?
and Berrigan said, “Ma’am,” he said “Faith is rarely where your head is at,” he said, “and
faith is even less rarely where your heart is at.” He said that faith is where
your ass is at. And he said, “I’m not trying to be cute with that.” No no- and notice
he’s gonna nail what they said. He says anybody who’s been in any commitment for
any length of time, in a relationship, a marriage, a church, a justice commitment,
any kind of commitment, he said, “You know there are going to be days and
seasons where your commitment looks like death, doesn’t look like life at all, but
you stay there because you know that long range it’s gonna bring you life.”
Your head isn’t in it. Your heart isn’t in it. But you’re in it. Why? Because another
part of you knows. See your head tells you what you think is wise. Your heart
tells you what you would like to do. And another part of you,
our gut, our soul, or I’m going to talk about your moral Center, it tells you
what you have to do, you know. See Peter standing before Jesus says, “You don’t make any
sense, and I’d like to leave, except I know I can’t. I know that
this is gonna bring me life.