I honestly think that social media is the single most interesting thing our world has going right now. Twitter, Facebook and the like are literally not only reflections of society, but are actually shaping it. Few things speak more loudly to me than the ease at which individuals are swayed by the opinions and snap judgments of others, with or without actual proof. We seem to love touting opinion as truth, and no longer choose to seek fact before conclusion, and yet there is also a clear indication that something in our souls longs for actual truth.
So, we seek.
As adults, we are often only slightly different from those screaming, adorable and sometimes completely irrational toddlers some of us are blessed to live with. We push and we struggle as we desperately seek to make sense of the world around us and feel safe only when we find a boundary that cannot be moved.
Absolutes bring peace.
Now, I know what you might be thinking…who gets to decide these absolutes? And what right does anyone have to choose what is right or wrong? And yet, there already are some absolutes that 99% of us would agree on. Where we part ways is in the “how.” But truly, the foundational things to us Americans stay largely on par with one another – things like rights and honor, life and freedom are invaluable. Where the issue comes in is what the parameters look like and when we want those edges to apply only to “those” people.
At the end of the day, our God does not play favorites. Our endless bickering and need to be right in our own wisdom only delays the growth He has for us as individuals, and the reconciliation within our communities that foster the fullness of the love and grace of God. Let’s start, before all else, with a solid knowledge of the greatness of a sovereign and eternal God, then ask HIM which battles are worthy of being contended for. Only when we rest in the knowledge of Him, are we truly free to hear the truth of that which is truly most valuable.
And though all heaven and earth shall pass away, yet my words remain forever true. – Luke 21:33
Human “truth” is relative and sways in the wind with each passing season, but the foundational and sacrificial love of Christ stands firm. When we weigh our thoughts against the prevailing knowledge and wisdom of an eternal Father, the voices of the day begin to dim.
Here, I think we may just find that peace we have been searching for all along….
As it is written; There is no one righteous, not even one. – Romans 3:10
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31
The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives. – 2 Peter 3:9