It’s funny. Every time I see Walt Whitman I think of Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. That one film changed the way I viewed both men, literature and much more.
I’m convinced that humanity could advance well if we could do two things:
– Troubleshoot – Troubleshooting isn’t learning how to fix your car. It’s learning how to learn how to fix your car. As a great next step, fix your car.
– Gain a new perspective on many things, including God/Jesus, the Bible, the purpose of the established church, our neighbors and the world…anything that we think we’ve figured out.
There’s a great scene in Dead Poets Society. Robin Williams’ character (John Keating) asks his students to follow his lead and stand on his desk. Why?
“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try.”
This is true about the Bible. It’s true about Jesus. It’s true about God.
But just as John Keating said, looking at scripture from a different perspective from what we have always known may seem silly or wrong (in other words, it’s fear). But we must try. For the sake of the progression of human thought, for the sake of those around you, and for the sake of your own heart, try. It can be uncomfortable, it can be unnerving, and it can be freeing to your soul.
The mystery of God and all his name brings with it is not something unknowable but something infinitely knowable. How great is that?