By Bruce Sutchar, UTS Class of 1985
Remember those kids who could tell you the 66 books of the Bible in chronological order? I always wondered if they knew how to apply those 66 books in their lives.
I became close friends with former Congressman Phil Crane’s sister, Judy. She was like the only real fundamentalist that I have ever known. She is married to a Hungarian Jew (an army buddy of Congressman Crane’s) and has a “Jews for Jesus” daughter. She raised her children by always referring to the Bible (rather than Dr. Spock) for guidance. When she needed to discipline one of her children she would always find the appropriate Bible verse.
I have often wondered the same thing about the application of the Divine Principle (which, incidentally, was the title of Dr. Young Oon Kim’s first book). Many of our members have been excellent Divine Principle lecturers, but I wonder why we still have had so much in-fighting among our members, between leaders and members, and in our movement as a whole.
For me the most challenging part of the Principle comes from the chapter on returning resurrection where it says that sometimes God will allow an evil spirit to attack you through another person. And if you can receive this persecution with a grateful heart, then both the spirit and yourself will advance.
I once gave a sermon on “loving your enemy” at an ACLC church and said that there are three words that everyone knows from the Bible, but almost no one lives. In fact, other than Jesus and True Parents, I don’t know anyone that is even trying to live this credo. The minister thought it was an excellent sermon, but as we drove home, my wife wanted to see how I would react in case another driver cut me off or some such maneuver.
Father often accused us of being a “pick and choose” movement—in other words, we personally decided which of his directions we would choose to obey and which we would ignore. Ones like “learn Korean” or “don’t snack between meals” are two that come quickly to mind.
To apply the Principle to real life situations is to me, the real value of the Principle. It is really meant to be a principle for guiding your life, sent directly from God—rather than a mere theological treatise. I remember the first time I ever gave a Divine Principle lecture, I was amazed at how much of the Principle I knew. Likewise, it never ceases to amaze me when I read the Principle and discover a new part that I never realized was there. I remember reading the section on “The Mission of the Messiah” where it says that Jesus would rather have one man who could lead a thousand than a thousand followers.