I think people who are religious, judgmental and condescending are very difficult to love. These people make our skins crawl. I suppose our part is not to even try to love them, because that would be another form of religion when we are made to feel we “have to” do something or love someone instead of “want to”. I think Jesus Himself didn’t try to love the Pharisees – He simply denounced their self-righteousness and hypocrisy. He didn’t try to be pally or friendly with them. I suppose it is not so much these people are the problem, but it is the separation and religious mindset that they are attached to that is the problem, and we cannot love the false identity that the religious people have put on.
I read Kute Blackson’s comment yesterday on Facebook which I agree with:
“To the degree you can be truly aware is to the degree you will be free.” – Kute Blackson
People who subscribe to religious fundamentalism tend to be blinded and unconscious and have a separation mentality; hence, they are not free to love unconditionally or experience peace within themselves and with others. They tend to feel condemned themselves and also condemn others. So, the negative energy or vibration that comes out of them is a result of their attachment to a false identity about themselves, causing them to think they are special and superior and discriminate other people.
I learnt that to “put on Christ” is to be conscious of our true identity in Him. It is not so much like a physical act of putting on the robe of righteousness, as it is to adopt the mindset that we are already made righteous and innocent and blameless in His image – this is our original birthright.
Yesterday, when I was entering a crowded train in an MRT station, a thought came to my mind that the reason I was able to merge with the crowd in the train is because I look like one of them. If I had put on a mask and pretended to be someone who is perceived to be harmful and dangerous, the crowd in the train might not want to make space for me to enter the train. This is because I would have put on a false identity, and the people in the train would have been reacting to that false identity – what they would have been rejecting out of aversion is not the real “me”, but my false identity.
Similarly, we all have antibodies in our bodies, which are designed to fight harmful germs and viruses. Whenever the antibodies sense the intrusion of harmful germs or viruses, they will seek to repel these foreign bodies. These foreign bodies are like the false identity, and the antibodies are like the true identity.
Thus, Jesus came to show us our true identity by renewing our minds concerning who we really are before the foundation of the world. We will then shed off the false identity, like taking off the old garments of religion and condemnation associated with external entities. We will then put on our true identity in our consciousness – Christ in us the hope of glory – and reign in life.