Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Who is the Society of Blackened Sheeps and Unregulated Saints?

The Society of Blackened Sheeps and Unregulated Saints is an unorthodox, unregulated and frequently unruly conglomeration of anyone who wants to be a member. Typically, its main core of constituents may comprise a loosely affiliated assembly of rather creative and committed renegades of Christianity who possess a just-a-bit-too-joyful lack of binding affiliations with institutionalized religious denominations, including those classified as "nondenominational".

Though there are no rules, only guidelines for membership, the three major elements which probably link members to each other are their compelling desire to learn how to:

1. Live a Visible Love: They possess, desire and/or actively seek to develop a tremendous thirst to cultivate:

  • A passionate love for God and
  • An intense, nonjudgemental, demonstrated love for all persons... ALL persons (which also includes, all persons).

Members are also willing to acknowledge the difficulty that these (especially the loving other people thing) may entail as lived out in one's daily life, yet they remain undeterred in their commitment, often relying on and deriving support and feedback from fellow members in this pursuit.

2. Live as Humble Investigators: The scriptures of the Bible are integral in the investigation and development of their faith yet they do seek to remain fully cognizant of the utter incapacity of any person or persons to ever "get it all right" or grasp all the Truths it contains. Accordingly, they openly admit the absolute probability that no Christian will ever get a lot of it right, despite the sincerity of their motivations. This prompts:
  • A humble respect for the right (and duty) of other like-minded, committed Believers to pursue their own understanding of the faith,
  • A willingness to at the least, listen to and hopefully, interact with and learn from the insights and experiences of others and
  • A confidence in God's Holy Spirit's capacity to help and guide every humble, seeking and sincere Believer to navigate that endless Pilgrimage of Faith.

3. Live Creatively: Members understand, whole heartedly embrace and actively seek to feed a joyful compulsivity to live with daring creativity. This drives them to explore, develop and practice an extraordinary dimension of life made possible by God's unquenchable love. Having been created "in His Image", they also acknowledge and celebrate the resulting, inborn "capacity to create" everyone subsequently possess. Warning: Understanding and implementing this Element may result in a growing, even alarming lack of fear to express one's self!

NOTE: Members developing a problem within any of these critical Elements will be unceremoniously expelled from the Society with a joyful invitation to return as soon as they have recovered their senses.

Well. That about does it.

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