It’s All In How We Look At It!
“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other”
I just love watching some of the rather irreverent shows on one of the comedy television stations here in the states, that address, with tongue-in-cheek critiques, some news reporting that takes place. For example, one show was talking about the fact that some news venues are headlining the dangers that wind turbines pose to some protected creatures of the sky, such as the red golden eagle. And it was added by the host, to gain both our attention and our laughs, when addressing the risks to our environment by things some would criticize, that no one laughs when an environmentalist says, “… it’s time to break BIG OIL”, but just try saying, “…it’s time to break BIG WIND”, and the laughs abound and your credibility goes right down the drain! Well, it’s the same thing when we try to draw a political slant into the world of faith by what we share and say.
There must be a place for both in our world. And while we hope those who lead believe in the fundamental truths that God has given to man through the writings of learned and divinely inspired people throughout history, that they rule by those same truths may not always be what will create progress for society. And while this is especially impactful, when it comes to brokering world peace and the need for justice and tolerance in an era of political injustice and intolerance, it is a fine line we walk if we can not at least understand that just because what we choose to embrace as given to us by our maker, is different, that does not make it wrong. It simply makes it different. PERIOD! They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 (ESV)
I am drawn to the wisdom that we find in Proverbs, when I begin to think about some of the things that seem so pervasive in politics today, and the wisdom contained in these words, transcends what politicians worldwide might believe is in the best interest of their countries….whether we are governing in the United States, or the United Kingdom, or Saudi Arabia, or Israel, or North Korea, or the Russian Federation! If we all could somehow find it within to embrace the core values contained in these 4 verses, before we think and say and act, wouldn’t we all be just a bit better off?
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
I think we would be but then I think with a faith filled heart of one who would rather look at my neighbor as a friend and ally and not a foe, just as I prefer to see my glass as half full! It is why I strive to teach respect for others to my grandson, which, actually, is not yet really needed since he is, blessedly, still seeing the world with a mind’s eye that is color blind, which is the way all children see things in the beginning of their lives….before the stain of sin is planted, spreads and changes that view. But if we can try to preserve that color blindness as long as we can and then, ever after, teach the wisdom of Solomon to our children as they grow, we might just solve the issue of bullying in schools. And if we solve the issue of bullying in school, why not in the workplace, in our political arena and in the world? And if we can do it without having it forced in front of our noses by those who need to address it in a satirical way for us to really see and think about it? Is it possible? Probably not in my lifetime, nor my daughters’s, but perhaps in my grandson’s!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
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