Showing posts from February, 2017

How to live on the Animal Farm

The 24x7 news cycle about American politics is rather tiresome. Unfortunately, like a car accident at the side of the road it is hard not to look. What is becoming increasingly clear is the polarization between the left and the right is quite large and growing. This gap is due in large part because people do not bother to get the facts, insist on making the most divisive issues the central issues, and make everything political. The scary part, which I keep bringing up, is this ultimately will end in violence. As Christians we should do our best not to be part of the problem.

As I discussed in my last post, Christians should listen and attempt to understand the different aspects of any issue. If you are posting articles about Trump's immigration executive order and you have not read the order itself, you shouldn't be posting. The blanket statements of most media outlets are rarely correct and need some qualification. Conceding certain points of an argument does not mean you agr…

Is Anybody Listening?

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? (The Gulag Archipelago, pg. 168) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn understood something that America desperately needs to understand today. Evil is not only found in other people it is found in ourselves. God says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it. (Jer. 17:9)" We impute the purists of motives to ourselves and the worst to our opponents, even though we should all recognize the frailty of our own hearts. The end result is no one is listening.

There does not seem to be any middle ground and I don't mean a compromise between two radically opposing world views. Rather, I am referring to people who make an effort t…