Thursday, August 20, 2009

Convictions of the serious sort...

I've come to one conclusion: Nobody knows anything significant.

I mean that in the kindest of ways, and I'm not picking on anyone in particular. I simply say this to ask a question: how can we "represent" the universe's greatest peacemaker, and still be okay with thinking our own opinions should be everyone else's gospel?

I really have no political affiliation, but I do have convictions which I believe are based on God's truth. However, you probably believe something totally different...and I'm okay with that. I'm not pushing for societal tolerance here. I don't believe that when Jesus said "blessed are the peacemakers" did he mean "blessed are those who stand back and simply accept everything for what it is". I DO believe that he called us to support one another...not bash one another's beliefs.

When you poke fun at or slander one political party or another (and don't say we haven't all done this at some point), have you ever stopped to think about whose core beliefs you could be trampling on?

Now, mostly I'm speaking politically here. Whether a Bush or Obama supporter, we're still called to represent Christ, and we shouldn't rely on the party in power to regulate our morality. Just because your particular party isn't in office, that doesn't give you the right to speak like there is no God. My plea is that you quit bashing them. They are people to, and God DID call us to bless and not to curse, to love and not to hate, to help and not to hurt. God didn't create human institutions...shoot, He didn't even want Israel to have a king. Do you really think He's happy with the "balance" of power we've set up for ourselves? We've taken all of the focus off of God in this "Christian" country, and we've placed it on control, power, money, greed, domination, and this lovely little thing we like to call "freedom".

I guess I'm focusing more on the "freedom of speech" aspect of it. Yeah, it's great that we get to talk about whatever the heck we want, but Jesus never granted Christians freedom of speech. Freedom to love, yes. Freedom to help, yes. Freedom to tell our brothers and sisters when they are living in sin, yes. Freedom to cherish our brothers and sisters for the beautiful people we all are, yes. Freedom to make peace, not to stir up violence and anger. Freedom to discuss and share, not to thrust our beliefs on everyone around us because we "know" we are right.

How many times have people in history "known" they were right, and how many subsequential times have they been wrong? Why are we any different than all those people who have been wrong in the past? I'm not even sure God wants us to get it all "right". I think maybe we should just quit worrying about our temporary homes so stinking much and focus a little bit more on our eternal home.

Just think about that the next time you want to hit "send" on a political email, or before you make a snide remark about a political official. Whose feelings might you hurt? Whose core beliefs might you trample on? And are you really right, or are you just repeating what your mom and dad told you? Is what you're about to say or send something that God would be okay with, or does it make fun of one of His children (something He pretty much told us to never do)?

Just think about it. Please.

Again, I don't believe tolerance is the right approach for our society, but when it comes to the feelings of your friends and family and the non-christians who listen to your rhetoric every day, I think sensitivity is totally acceptable.


"I dunno nothing that I haven't been taught,
I dunno why I was born into the family I’ve got,
I dunno if I ever had an original thought,
maybe not, maybe so, maybe later, I dunno
I dunno how I can end a prayer, then turn on a friend,
I dunno what I was thinking when I just pressed send,
I dunno why I still criticize the things I dunno
I dunno, I dunno, I dunno, but this one thing I know

YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’m just a broken machine
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, it’s all a mindless routine
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’m in another free fall
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’ve got nothing at all"
- Newsboys