Some are aware that I recently lost my earthly angel, my wife. Her battle with metastatic breast cancer ended 37 days a month ago and it has been devastating for me. I have not posted anything on Facebook or in my blogs during this time of loss and post this because I feel that it is what God and my wife would have me do. I don’t know when my next post will be, but here is today’s offering.
To say our world is in a mess would be an understatement of understatements. The political, economic, social, racial, and alarmist issues are reaching catastrophic levels. The present state of affairs in America and the world indicates some dramatic upheavals on the horizon with outbreaks of intensified violence and disruption.
In America, our government seems to be an example of the patients running the mental institution. We do not seem to be headed in a positive direction societally and appear to be drifting farther and farther from the solution toward total chaos and destruction. I believe we are living in what the Bible deems to be the “Last Days” where conditions worsen exponentially almost daily.
There are those on both sides of the political aisle or ideological position who are vitriolic in their verbalizations creating an impossible chasm to bridge. Both sides of the American political climate believe the other side is singularly the problem and evil to the core. There are evil people involved in the political manipulations of today but there are many who are desirous of what they believe to be the best. They may be misguided in their views and drinking from the watering trough of the manipulators rather than being evil in their hearts.
If a person believes the rhetoric and diatribe being issued by the politicians, the media, and other outlets they can easily become part of the impasse rather than having an open mind willing to seek a solution. If I believe you are the problem, your views diabolical, and label you subhuman and demonic, it will be impossible to find any common ground from which to build a workable compromise or agreement.
The problem is not Government, although unbridled government is a problem. The problem is not liberals or conservatives, although fringe elements of both sides can be problematic. The problem is not racism, although bias, prejudice, injustice, and hate are a problem. The problem is not legislation or the lack thereof, although much legislation presents problems not easy to overcome in the pursuit of the ideals of the Constitution and our Declaration of Independence. Namely, that everyone is created equal in the eyes of God and has the inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The problem, in my view, and that of the Bible is the Human Heart. We are all, regardless of our ethnicity, religion, or political position, are created in the image of God. God created us! If you disbelieve that, we will have little room to discuss this matter with objectivity. If you believe that it is all random chance and evolutionary, we are grounded in polar opposite views. However, even then, if you are objective you surely can see that the human will and human heart is a major factor in all interpersonal activities in life.
No amount of legislation can fix the issues of race, gender, politics, or religion. Everything stems from the condition of the human heart. It is from the heart that we form our views of everything. It is from within our innermost beings that we develop thoughts and from those thoughts, we formulate our beliefs and views. It is from our beliefs and views we interact with each other.
The words of John Adams ring true today, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The Bible is filled with references regarding interpersonal relationships and the overriding directive is that we treat others as we wish to be treated. We are reminded repeatedly that any measure of judgment we engage in is the measure used to judge us. The biblical message is love and respect.
The Bible is filled with references as to how we are to live and interact with others. In Micah 6:8 we read, “He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” That is a simple but powerful declaration.
What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony? We are to do justice. We should be careful in defining what that means and not allow it to be tainted by our worldview or interracial view. Justice for some is getting what they want and punishing anyone not agreeing with them. That is not God’s view of justice. God’s view is to do what is right all the time and every time. It is to treat others as fellow humans created in the image of God and afforded the God-given right to Life, Liberty, and the ability to pursue Happiness freely and unimpeded by manmade imposed restrictions that block that objective.
What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony? We are to love kindness. That is amazing because kindness is to demonstrate restraint, not be harmful, not be controlling, not be domineering, and seek the best good for all. Kindness is the heart of God and His Lovingkindness is eternal, therefore if God is kind toward us, we should be kind toward others.
What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony? We are to walk humbly before God. That strips pride from the equation and eliminates arrogance. It removes biases, prejudices, and selfishness. It strips us of the ability to view ourselves as victims even when we have been victimized. It demands that we view life through the lens of God first and others second. It demands that we view life through the heart of service rather than what’s in it for me.
So, let me possibly alienate some and step onto the thin ice of biblical reality and say if you are hurling insult for insult regardless of which side of the political equation you are standing – That is a problem, not a Solution! It reveals a problem in the heart. If I view you as God’s creation and understand that you have the same inalienable and constitutional rights as I to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness there is hope. If I give you tit for tat in insult and vitriolic response, I build a wall, not a bridge and the hope of harmony disappears. If we call each other Demon-rats or Re-pukelicans [words I have heard] we will find no ground on which to stand to bring about a livable and peaceful society. I cannot accept the views presented by the Left as legitimate, biblical, moral, or good for America but I must attempt demonstrate the Love of God in all things and at all times. I will resist attempts to subvert the biblical precepts and destroy America. Do not misunderstand my plea but take it as a desire to find honest common ground through which to wrest from the hands of the diabolical control and place it back in the hands of the people and become One Nation Under God again.
We can either have total chaos, plunge into civil disturbance, or war and demonize everyone disagreeing with us or we can seek to become solutions rather than problems. I do not condone views that are contrary to the Bible such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality. I do not condone nor have a willingness to allow the federal government to become totalitarian and strip me of my rights and liberties which God has given. However, I am seeking to view others as human beings endowed with certain inalienable rights and understand that if we can all be civil, be just, kind, and humble ourselves before God there is hope.
I hope that what I have said is meaningful and although I have painted with a broad brush, I hope you consider the matter of the Heart. If we get our hearts right, we will be less concerned with political labels and more concerned about what is good, godly, and right. Just because you or I believe our cause is the right cause does not mean that all who disagree are evil. Some are evil and are pursuing the elimination of God and moral rightness as they seek total control. Those must be opposed and resisted. I only ask that we all seek God, accept the possibility we could be wrong in attitude and ideology in some instances, and seek to treat others as we desire to be treated.
I love God, I love America and now return to my grieving as I miss my wife more than words can convey. I am praying for America, the world, and praying for God’s Harvest to be Completed. Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time!
God bless you!