Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PEACE WITHIN BEFORE PEACE WITHOUT

Love. Tolerance. Judgement. ISIS. Non-judging. Sin. Abomination. Freedom. Homosexuality. Gay lifestyle. Family. God. Broken family. LGBT agenda. Marriage. Antiquity. Bible. Rights. Privilege. Liberal. Activist. Silent majority. Conservative. Dictator. Libertarian. Hedonist. Prude. Puritan. Jew. Palestinian. Jesus. Discrimination. Transgender. Mohammed. 
Transvestite. Drag queen. Krishna. Sex. Sexuality. Idolatry. Muslim. Sex slaves. Buddha. Pornography. Greed. Wall Street. Obesity. Fast food. Health food. Vegan. Vegetarian. Carnivore. Organic. PETA. EPA. NSA. CIA. KGB. Nazi. Christian. Nigger. Skinhead. Confederate. Redneck. Queer. Fundamentalist. Bible thumper. Acceptance. Alcoholic. Druggie. Drunk. Addict. Nicotine. Starvation. Abused children. Wife beater. Pedophile. Hater. Welfare. Politician. Tax dodger. Military. Jesus freak. Patriot. Rainbow. Free thinker. Union. Minimum wage. Common Core. Meth. Crack. Marijuana. Blame. Responsibility. Love.

As a society, we have been outflanked and outmaneuvered by those who have no desire to be part of society, but only to rule it.

Anyone who has paid attention during the past few months will see that we have been duped into responding to one hot button issue after another. There has been no time to focus our efforts nor our thoughts.

Issues are raised by events—some orchestrated, some not—and people get hot and bothered by the rhetoric surrounding the occasion.
  • Epithets fly.
  • Feelings are hurt.
  • A cacophony of voices is heard as each tries to gain the highest soapbox.

Politicos and preachers, activists and anarchists, all weigh in with their opinion on the matter as each tries to vilify the other.

The waters of clear reason become muddied as more people join the fray with their less-than-studied opinion of how things should be.

Soon the central issue is lost in the steam of unreasoned emotion, and friends become enemies as lines are drawn and sides are taken.
  • A young black man is shot by a white police officer, and a town is destroyed.
  • Police are called to quell an unruly party, and a single out-of-context video goes viral for cop hatred.
  • A young white man kills a group of blacks gathered for prayer, and a woman stomps on a flag because of it.
  • A celebrity male insults all feminists by alleging he has a female brain, and the world praises his bravery.

We are polarized by these events, but no one is galvanized. Nothing but the words of hate and intolerance for a differing view are heard, while the media fans the flames of a nation on fire; and its citizens bask in the warmth of the destruction.

The older generation sees things once held sacred now being trampled underfoot by a generation that apparently has no "valued traditions."

The younger generation, of which I was once a part, sees nothing but oppression by the valued traditions being held sacred.

One finds solace only in the writings and rhetoric of an outspoken thinker within their own ranks, who can articulate what is felt by the masses within their particular small sphere.

Yet reason and logic have no power against the onslaught of suppressed emotion welling up inside a defeated and hopeless society.
Reason and logic have no power against the onslaught of suppressed emotion welling up inside a defeated and hopeless society.  (tweet this)

As the emotion boils over into the streets of rioting, into the halls of Congress, and onto numerous Youtube videos crying for justice, peace flees the scene of the tsunami approaching the shores of sanity.

A multitudinous plethora of solutions avail. The thinker and non-thinker alike have a ready supply of glibly stated clarifications of the problem, none of which are accepted by ‘the other side.’

And then there is the Christian.

Christians, as do politicians and activists, come in all shades and stripes. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for any particular controversy.

Without going into the differences among the various branches of Christian sects, there is the striking differences among the so-called evangelical, Bible-believing, Jesus-is-Lord, born again types.

Solutions among these are as varied as the issues.

Confusion rains on all, while at the same time, it reigns over the mind of most.

As people read and/or listen to the pundits of prognostication, they are further dismembered in their minds due to the “obvious rationale” of first this one and then that one. They then know not which side to come down on, if any at all.

It appears that the ONLY possible solution is between two ostensibly ridiculous scenarios—either bury my head in the sand and quit caring, or follow and agree with only those who agree with me.

Neither of these can possibly proffer a proposal for peace—neither within nor without.

But God…
That contradiction against the status quo shows up no less than 43 times in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
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But God…
  • He has given us an antidote for the confusion.
  • He has given us a path to walk in this season of mass confusion.
  • He has given us the method for gaining the victory over the seeming degradation of our society.
  • He has provided a means whereby a true and lasting solution to any and all of the so-called ‘issues’ can be discovered and implemented.
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
(Ecc. 9:13-17 KJV)

I will leave you with three passages of Scripture for your consideration:
Isa. 26:3, James 3:18, and Matt. 5:9.

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