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Loud is loud.
When you add brash to it, you come up with a profile that is impossible to ignore, yet difficult to receive.
It seems that America is standing on both ends of the playing field screaming, hoping that the intensity of their individual squall will win the day.
It’s a battle between freedom of religion and freedom from religion.
- “We need God.”
- “We need freedom.”
The entertainment industry loves the populie because it makes for great theater, placing causes, and even cultures, at odds with one another.
Religion, of course, joins in, in order to prove that the presence of more “godliness” would allow for greater blessing from the Almighty and perpetual supernatural intervention.
And politicians alternate between God and freedom based on the temperament of their constituency or the audience which has rallied to the cause.
The end result?
Noise. And certainly not a joyful one.
Is there something we need? Is there an insight or philosophical approach that would lead us to a greater unity?
I think we need more personal responsibility.
I think granting additional freedoms without taking into consideration how they will affect the lives of those around us–as well as our own well-being–is a catastrophic miscalculation.
We want to give people the freedom for abortion without fully understanding the ramifications for the woman, the child, the man and the culture. Simultaneously, we don’t want to talk about the personal responsibility of procuring birth control and making sure that unwanted pregnancies are not nearly as often unwanted.
We cry for freedom and shun personal responsibility.
We want to legalize marijuana, never taking into account that our society is mostly smoke-free, so people would not be able to puff in public anyway, nor do we consider the danger of second-hand smoke. Plus we fail to recognize that it is a drug that does affect disposition and productivity. We don’t want to take the personal responsibility for the end result of this campaign for freedom.
Likewise, others scream for “more God” while failing to use the God they have. After all, it is “not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” But we spend more time discussing who should be left out than who should be brought in.
True belief in God is only confirmed by our level of mercy.
There is no way to prove that someone loves God without seeing their mercy in action. If we live for the grace of God to save us from our own inadequacies, we must extend that same tenderness to others through the ointment of mercy.
I will believe that spirituality has a place in our society when I see it beginning to create more compassionate and merciful people. Bigotry, self-righteousness, traditionalism, pop-culture gospel, prosperity and political pundits do not represent the mind of Jesus.
So in our country, it’s popular to scream “we need God” or “we need freedom.”
But the truth is, what we need is personal responsibility and mercy.
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