If a fly bothers you, you swat it.
If the room temperature is too hot or cold, you adjust it.
If you run low on gas, you fill-up.
If the dog is doing a peepee dance at the door, you let it out.
When common situations dictate change, we usher them in without much thought. These examples find modification without hesitation because they will quickly fall into our personal levels of desired comfort.
In the Book of James, we are told how faith without good deeds is dead. “What good is it if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” Where are the actions of the faithful?
With this being a faith-based leadership blog, what I’m about to say comes from a Biblical perspective. This post is not meant to be a political statement or start a debate, as everyone has their own opinions. But maybe that’s the issue at hand… everyone has developed a personal opinion, but not everyone has developed a personal world view that falls in line with God’s Word view. The world’s view is often a warped view. And there’s a reason for that. It’s a fallen world full of sin – sinful people with sinful hearts. And it always has been since that fateful bite of forbidden fruit.
As I watch the news and get alerts on my phone, I find myself asking these questions: When will enough be enough? What does is take for us to collectively, as Christians, say ‘This is not right?’ Why do we turn our head to bad behavior until it’s so far over the line that it can finally no longer be ignored?
State of our nation:
The obvious low hanging fruit of late is the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Hollywood has turned a blind eye to sexual harassment, abuse of power, rape, and any other number of seedy behaviors for generations. It’s not just Weinstein. Don’t be naive. Hollywood has bred this behavior because the draw of fortune and fame is greater to some than the draw of faith and forgiveness. While a few have stood for what is right, they faced great pressures, career suicide, and exclusion. Some choose silence over self-destruction. After all, if you watch the stones being thrown, are you not as guilty as the stone-throwers? This is not an indictment of violated victims, but rather a wake up call for the violators who dishonor God by dishonoring their bodies for forced, filthy pleasures.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
And then you have the anthem controversy – a hot button issue that was made hotter when the POTUS made his opinion known. What started as a means to protest police brutality and bring about attention to inequalities, has turned a nation divided. It has some questioning patriotism, some protesting the NFL, and everyone taking a side. It makes you wonder if the Russians were behind this too, as more intel uncovers the lengths they went to in order to influence the American people during the election. What I can tell you is this: a nation that turns its back on God today will be on its back tomorrow. Read the Old Testament. It’s a path I would rather skip.
What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
– Psalm 33:12
And then you have the President. Some say Donald Trump tweets purposefully and there is a plan to his social media madness. Is it madness or genius? Well, it seems to just make many people mad and create controversy. A tweet makes noise, it’s not active. Run the country, not your mouth. When a bully has the pulpit, someone will inevitably knock them off. There’s a whole lot of good that needs to be done in this world that does not involve 140 characters (soon to be 280). I’m not talking politics, the left or right, elephant or donkey. I’m simply talking about getting to work. Opinions are for those who think they can. Results are for those who find out they could.
Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinion.
– Proverbs 18:2
I partially titled this post: “When will enough be enough?” I honestly usually try and stay under the radar with my own thoughts about politics and events of the nation. The fact is, I guess I really don’t care to promote my own opinions much, but I do listen to others. I figure when end times get here, there’s nothing stopping it. I can’t say when the end of times will be, but I will say: to get to rock bottom, you must go downhill at some point. But when will enough be enough? When will we demand change that goes beyond our desired comfort level? Modification without hesitation is harder when there is something on the line, something hanging in the balance, or something to lose.
What’s more on the line than people hurting, inequality, countless women posting #metoo, and expectations of the leader of the free world to act like a leader? What would Jesus think if he were walking the earth in the 21st century? Would the Hollywood elite and political leaders be the new “Pharisees?” It’s a sad state when fame, wealth, and politics are today’s power versus our faith leaders. When the bottom drops, we all fall – because we let it happen. Again, where are the actions of the faithful?