Profanity is Expensive
Interesting words to consider in light of the current global financial situation, its root causes, and its effects upon human beings…
Our technological resourcefulness is making our life expensive and lonely. Technology is ambiguous. It can enrich and impoverish our life. Technology is like fire; it can cook rice for our enjoyment and nutrition and it can also reduce our house to ashes.
Can we bring about an inexpensive yet resourceful life style? One way—perhaps the only way—to do this would be to cultivate, increase, and deepen human relationship. Human relationship is inexpensive yet resourceful. This is grace indeed. The biblical God is the God of covenant relationship with man. This means that the whole biblical teaching is rooted in relationship. The salvation the Bible is talking about is “inexpensive yet resourceful.” If salvation is expensive in terms of hard-cash, then something is wrong with that kind of salvation…
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” This is the meaning of responsibility. The concept of responsibility and that of sacredness are intimately related. Irresponsibility is profanity. Wild pursuit after private wealth and power is a profane activity since it is irresponsible. Such irresponsibility produces alienation; “… We seek more and more privacy, and feel more and more alienated and lonely when we get it.
The meaningful life of which the Bible speaks is in the direction of human relationship instead of expensive self-enlargement. It is in the direction of the meaning of the temple. Jesus Christ fulfils the sacred intention of the temple. His attention is focused on the restoration of the covenant relationship between God and man, and man and man. This relationship is restored by him. He is the Living Temple. His name means; “You shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.” He is Responsible Life. This is the tradition we received from the apostles. The apostolic tradition is inexpensive in terms of hard cash. It is “expensive” in terms of love and self-giving. Inexpensive yet resourceful apostolic style of life. Both technology and temple must be influenced by this great tradition. Profanity is expensive.
Kosuke Koyama, Three Mile an Hour God