June 13, 2016 Leave a comment
2016 is a year to remember for ages to come. Donald Trump, the billionaire business man is running for the office of President of the United States of America and is currently leading the Republican party for the nomination. Hillary Clinton, who many believe unfit to lead, is in a tight race with Bernie Sanders, an older senator who is closer to a socialist than a democrat. This election cycle is sure to leave the United States with a President that is far different from anything this nation has ever seen in the past. The GOP is nowhere near what it was during the Reagan administration. It is much closer to the Democratic party of the past, and the current Democratic candidates are even further to the left than at anytime before. We could talk about politics and the moral state of our country for days and still not reach a consensus of opinions. While I am a conservative in the most general terms, I do not believe that the current GOP candidates speak for me. As a practicing Christian, I do hold to some of the fundamental beliefs that separate the conservative and the liberal. But, do not attempt to put me into a box and to consider me close minded. I believe everyone has the right and the privilege to think, act, do, say, and live any way they see fit. That is the ability we have been given by our Creator. It’s the concept of Freewill.
Before you assume this is another political piece, let me assure you that it is not intended as such, rather a piece about change.
Change for the sake of change is never good. If something is working, changing that process because we’re bored or restless is a recipe for failure. However, there comes a point where change is necessary. When the old way of thinking has proved time and again a futile exercise, we need to look closely at the situation and determine what is not working and how we can fix it.
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better” – Harry S. Truman
Throughout history, great men and women have risen to the challenge and effected change within their personal realm of influence. Others have transcended their personal realm of influence and effected regional or global changes. Not all of the changes were good. Nonetheless, change happens when individuals refuse to except what is happening, simply because it has always been that way. Politically, Spiritually, Morally, Religiously, Technically, Judicially, and in every other way imaginable we are constantly changing. Change how it is done. Change why it is done. Change where it is done or change why is it no longer done.
“Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian” – Emma Goldman
Change is often too hard to accept so that we vehemently resist at all cost. It may not be about the new way at all, but about leaving the old way that we fight so hard to cling too. It could have more to do with the notion that people have to make a decision for themselves and it scares the hell out of them. It seems as though people would rather accept the present circumstances, regardless how difficult or unhealthy it is, because what they are in is predictable. People stay in abusive relationship because of the predictable nature of the abusers and the feeling they can contain the abuse if they only act a specific way or they don’t do the things to set the other person off. Somehow, familiarity outweighs the unknown. Knowing what to expect is easier to deal with than reaching for better because that step toward better requires moving into an unknown realm.
The tragic events in Orlando early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub serve to emphasis the need for change. Change in the way we see other people. Change in the way we treat other people. Change in the way we fail to react to other people out of fear of angering a religious or ethnic community. Change in the way we view gun control. Change in the way we believe our neighbors or co-workers have our best interest at heart. Change needs to happen now. And, not the type of change promised 8 years ago.
I posted on twitter right after the news began to break about the mass shooting and hostage situation happening at a club popular with the LGBTQ community in Orlando. In this post is said “Now wait for it! Some idiot is going to say the #Orlando shooting is Gods punishment bcuz #LGBTQ WRONG, God Loves the World (EVERYONE)” @Markus_not_Mark I followed it with a Facebook post that said “Now wait for it! Some idiot is going to say the #Orlando shooting is Gods punishment bcuz #LGBTQ is WRONG! God Loves the World (EVERYONE) this was not a God thing. This was an act of terrorism. He loves everyone and doesn’t wish anyone dead. #PrayForOrlando”.
This is the type of thinking that we need to change. We are no longer under the Law, but under Grace. This all changed by the simple act of the Crucifixion. We no longer have to offer animal sacrifice to atone for our sins. God no longer commands nations and people to slaughter unbelievers.
“16“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17 NLT)
The church is trying so hard to attract unbelievers while condemning them at the same time. Why would anyone want to hear about the amazing life we can have through Christ when they’re called names and virtually chased away? We need to change the way we look at people and remember we too were once in the same position as an unbeliever. Regardless of the sin we may have or will commit it makes no difference, it’s still sin. A great quote I saw stated “Don’t judge someone simply because they sin different than you“(unknown).