One way to silence a person is to slam him or her in the gut, or kick them in the teeth, and then jump up and down on their fallen body. People are particularly prone to do this to those who expose the truths of their reality, whether political, social, religious or school-related.
Shut up! Go away! We don’t want to know what’s really going on. We can’t handle that. Get out of my face!
And thus, evil grows in our society and autocrats are born.
Sometimes … sometimes … we despair of it all. What’s the point of trying to be the watchwomen on the wall, when even other women, let alone men, won’t listen to us? Even when others laugh us to scorn or writhe because we’ve stepped on a nerve. But because we have to try, we keep going. Tilting at windmills? Perhaps.
The reaction is especially snarky when that raw nerve happens to be highly personal in nature. We often know inside that we need to change, even want to change our attitude, and so get ourselves out of a self-defeating mindset. Yet it’s too painful even to contemplate tackling it.
In great fear, we’d rather continue squeezing ourselves clumsily through the delicate aisles of a china shop, limiting our own progression and hurting everyone else around us. In our wake we leave smashed vessels whose rifts can often be healed to make a more beautiful person (see kintsugi) but whose consequences can’t be dialed back.
Outside of the Savior and Redeemer of the World, Jesus Christ, no individual is perfect. No society is perfect, not now.
Today we live in our own Sodom and Gomorrah, two ancient cities so wicked that God destroyed them. And there were others He destroyed, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, the latter even more wicked than Pompeii.
We can all do better than we’ve been doing. And when someone points out a flaw in society, we need to pause and consider what we can do to help fix it, to preserve the future for our kids and grandkids, a clean and decent future for ALL of them.
We cannot sit back and say, “God knows what He’s doing. He’ll take care of all this.” We can’t do that. God helps us, after all we can do. We have to do our part first, no matter how small it might seem! We are told that Faith without works is dead (James 2:17 and James 2:26). It’s obvious to many that without Faith, we wouldn’t be doing any good works in the first place. So let’s do something, reclaim our political power.
If you’re out in Riverside County, California and are a conservative Christian (or even if you’re not), check out Townhall Central (townhallcentral.com)
Even the pastors in Riverside County (and a few in Orange County) aren’t sitting around waiting for someone or Someone to give them permission to take on the Governor’s total shutdown of churches. Wisely or not, they aren’t hiding in the corner, just waiting for the storm to blow itself out. They’re leading out in the fight against evil and tyranny.