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Opportunity in a Confused World

I wrote this poem a few months ago, and it came alive on its’ own (somewhat literally). I love when that happens. Being back in the world of secular University, I was hearing again old jargon I had almost forgotten about; Sentiments such as “There is not really such thing as truth,” or “Everyone has their own truth that is right for them.”

It seems a crazy thing has happened since I wrote this poem- and I might be wrong, but it seems that fashionable way of thinking is on its way out. There are not many people singing kumbaya on my Facebook feed these days anyway.

 Alright, I’ll let you read the poem- maybe read it twice, and then I’ll say some more.

 Free Thoughts Rise Up

“Thoughts are sand,” she said
And it was true;
Water them- they’ll clump
Together and glue.

“Beliefs are sand,” she said,
But culture dumps
Presuppositions,
Making builders chumps.

“Truth is sand,” she said,
“Pure volition
Follows what is felt
And casts a vision.”

“Call us all to shore.
Let the pot melt
Our portrait of man
In shades yet undealt.”

“In the great contest
All truth should stand,”
She said, bias unfelt
Pen poised in hand,
Ready to judge
Without scrutiny,
She approached the sand

And I sensed danger.
I sensed danger
For the sand life forms smiled,
Starting with a thought
And an idyllic plot.

But I sensed danger
Since crooked does exist,
Since evil comes wrapped up with bows,
Portraying what we want to know.

So I sensed danger
When she left the happy scene,
Each structure with a ribbon
Between its teeth.
All winners,
But the life forms
Lived to compete.

I saw them snarl,
Taking up their swords,
The tide turned like a flood,
And they all bathed in blood.

The woman here is a person who prides herself on being unbiased (although no one ever really is). She judges “without scrutiny.” She takes a quick glance at the surface of belief systems, world views, and opinions, and on the outside they all look good. They all have some admirable traits right? They all lead to God, or Mother Nature, or Oneness with the Universe, and it’s all the same really. We are all good, beautiful people anyway.

This way of thinking is incredibly unsatisfying for people who actually believe in something, care about it, and call it truth, isn’t it? Even insulting. The rapidly widening Liberal/Conservative divide lately, has displayed that people still believe in right and wrong. If they thought they didn’t, perhaps they have been woken up from their slumber, and that is a good thing. Granted, many people believe in right and wrong, but their standard is themselves, and so we have a long way to go. As 2 Corinthians 10:12 says “But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”

But perhaps waking up and caring about something, is a start. No one can get far in a discussion with a passive person.

So why did the speaker in my poem suspect danger? Why the violent ending? It is because ideas and beliefs held in this world do stand in stark contrast and even defy each other, whether we like it or not. That fact can’t be suppressed in reality. What I tried to say here, is that if you try and pretend all systems of thought are worthy and true, you offend the beliefs themselves, which adamantly contradict each other. You cannot pat a pro-life person and a pro-choice person on their heads simultaneously and say “You both have wonderful, valid points, and equally beautiful and caring hearts. I accept what both of you have to say, and you are both right in your own ways. Carry on and let each other remain in peace, each as you are, and be glad in your varying opinions on this matter.”

If you said that, you would irritate and provoke any two people who are passionate about their different views. You would belittle and patronize them.

We’ve reached a point in 2017 where we obviously have to acknowledge our vast disagreements on politics, religion, and morality. And we seem to care about these things more than ever. Our reactions are startling; We are quick to outrage and slander, boastfulness and pride. At least that is what I see, and it is coming from both sides. I see danger.

As Christians we need to get above this. Can we get above stereotyping, patronizing, and isolating each other? Can we get above slander, arrogance, and rushing to share whatever media outlet suits our worldview best, before we even know if it’s true? This is what the world is doing, and we ought not get on-board. As believers, it is vital to walk in integrity. Can we see this as an opportunity to reach out with some love, clarity, and compassion to people who are scared, angry, and confused?

Look, we are blessed. We know what we believe; We know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12). We have a bible that tells us what is true and what is false, and in a time of turbulence and falsehood coming out of every crack and crevasse, we hold onto something firm. The world doesn’t have that folks. They don’t know what God says about sexuality, marriage, government, conduct- any of it. We take it for granted don’t we? Can we slow down and be a patient, and clear voice in a world that is dying? We speak a foreign language among people who cannot accept or understand the things of the Spirit of God because they do not have the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). They need truth, love, and prayer, have we forgotten that?

We have an opportunity here. Time to put our pride away, slow down on the snarky memes, and hold out the word of God.

Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”

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