Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hunger is Good and Bad

Hunger drives us to eat... to be satisfied, to be filled.  Too much hunger drives us to eat anything... to be satisfied, to be filled.  Yet to be filled and satisfied with just anything is dangerous.  *Therein lies the beauty and the problem of hunger... Without it you don't eat.  Too much of it and you'll eat anything.  A man starving will attempt to be satisfied with "food" that he wouldn't normally consider;  grass, grubs, bark, etc...  (I haven't tried this myself but I have watched several episodes of Man vs Wild.)  

Our society has a  spiritual hunger.  Which is good because it drives people to connect and yet many are spiritually starving.  And a society spiritually starving will consider "food" they wouldn't normally consider; sexual perversion, materialism, rampant voyeurism, humanistic religions, etc..  

Hunger is good and bad.  

But our issues go deeper.  Because we don't want to admit we're starving.  You would never find a man starving for food who would try and deny it.  Presented with any kind of food he would, without apology eat it.  But in the face of spiritual starvation we react differently.  We turn away, deny, mask and hide.  These two issues, starvation and denial, deeply frustrate our attempts at finding sustenance.  

*N.T. Wright writes about some of this in "Simply Christian".  

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shawnmcq said...

A song/poem about the calling of the hungry soul:

Hear the voice of the Bard
Who present, past, and future, sees
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
That walk'd among the ancient trees

Calling the lapsed soul
And weeping in the evening dew
That might control
The starry pole
And fallen, fallen light renew

'O Earth, O Earth, return
Arise from out the dewy grass
Night is worn
And the morn
Rises from the slumbrous mass

Turn away no more
Why wilt thou turn away
The starry floor
The watery shore
Is given thee till the break of day
Till the break of day

Till the break of day
Till the break of day
Till the break of day
-U2,- "The Beautiful Ghost"

Something about the lyrics of this U2 song (especially the way Bono sings it) tells the world's need of the love of God and His call to our spiritual hunger..."calling the lapsed soul".

Jonathan Foster said...

very cool. thanks.