I’ve give up watching the news.
I mean it. I have HAD it!!
Lately, ‘news’ encompasses a lot of people yelling, whining, and generally making fools of themselves. I don’t care about pop stars and their babies. I don’t care about football games or their ads. I don’t care about people who are supposedly ‘peacefully’ protesting while setting fires and acting like spoiled children. I don’t even care about the politicians on both sides of the aisles nitpicking one another just for the sake of trying to make points and ‘spin’ their ideas. I don’t care about a President’s Twitter, either.
Where is the wisdom in all this?
Since when have we debased ourselves to the point that we can’t listen to one another? Reason between ourselves? Agree to disagree? Find common ground? Build one another up? Offer hope instead of profanity?
I had to turn to Job today. I like Job. Job was a straight-up kind of person. He wanted answers. He like to question–his friends, his family, even God!
Job 28:22-28-Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of hte Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Face it, we have lost our FEAR. Our fear of the rule of law. Our fear of punishment, accountability, and responsibility for our actions. Our fear of God.
But never fear, for in questioning God we eventually find, like Job that GOD has all knowledge and wisdom.
It is time to stop. Push pause. No matter what you are FOR or AGAINST, it is time to recognize that to gain wisdom we must be allowed to question, BUT also we must hear one another. To gain understanding, we must find a way that we can come together. We must begin from a point of common ground as we walk our path before we come to the Y in the road and depart from each other.
No good comes from being so entrenched in our belief that we are ‘right’ in that we wrong someone else by belittling their thoughts and ideas…no matter how foreign they may be to us. No matter how unpalatable or unacceptable we may find the ideas of others, we MUST as Christians not only pray for wisdom but practice it.
Wisdom can be had in understanding. For Christians, wisdom comes from departing from evil, searching for it, praying for it, and respecting the viewpoints of those we may disagree with while still LOVINGLY standing for Christ. Did He WRESTLE people to His cause?
He LOVED them to it.
For non-Christians wisdom may be as simple as allowing those that they disagree with the respect that they themselves want to speak. Even if you don’t like what they say.
Then, we must all WORK.
Nothing is accomplished by talk.
Talk is cheap.
Working things out is hard…but it is the only way to find solutions to problems.