I am not a historian, but the things that are occurring in our world today seem to be unprecedented to me, at least in my mind. The last memory of normalcy I can remember seems to be Christmas ’19, New Years ’20 and the LSU Tigers claiming the college football national championship. Ahhhhh, those were the days.
And then begins the dumpster fire. COVID-19 invades the scene in America and life as we know it is turned upside down. An invisible microbe seems to have invaded the earth unleashing its unstoppable virus upon humanity with no regard for race, creed or national origin. Business are shut down, economies grind to a halt and people are holed up in their homes as the media spreads fear and panic of the global pandemic. As time passed on, it became apparent virus or no virus, the country could not continue to survive, much less prosper, in a quarantined state. So with our American attitude of, take it to the enemy, the US began to open business’ and services to allow us to begin the trek to a “more like normal” lifestyle. The suggestion was for everyone to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the invisible microbe while allowing people to navigate society a little safer. States made their own rules for if and when to wear a mask as well as what business’ would be allowed to open. But being the independent people we are, especially in the south, the attitude of ” no one is going to tell me what to do!” prevailed and positive cases began to rise, especially with the season change to summer and beaches beginning to open. Now the question of the day is mask? or no mask? It is a personal choice but are we so selfish we can only think about ourselves? What about the elderly, our loved ones and those with poor health conditions? Do we risk the chance of doing our own thing, increasing the chances of spreading the virus to those less fortunate. Most of the population under 50 can carry the germ without even knowing it until someone vulnerable they come in contact with contracts the virus. I say always er on the side of the greater good, even in an environment of disinformation. Mask
Then on the heels of the pandemic, comes social unrest. Protests in the streets, and it does not end there. Riots, lawlessness, murders and anarchy surface in metropolitan areas. Americans have thrown their sensibility to the wind and are feeding on pure emotion. Where are the olive branches? I agree with the premise behind the anger but totally disagree with the method of seeking a solution. Standing for justice is written into the fabric of this country, but the the path to justice has been hijacked by the few, diverting the focus from seeking a solution for a social issue to the sole purpose of inciting civil unrest, lawlessness and anarchy. Violent crime has increased over 300% in several metropolitan cities. But in the middle of this chaos, the legitimate concern is still there and so are the peaceful defenders of equality. There must be a way to have a conversation to address concerns of the minorities in our country. There also needs to be a separation of those seeking a resolution in a peaceful manner and the ones bent on violence and mayhem, with the latter group given the justice they desire. So in my eyes, relating to the peaceful protesters, the question of the day is to scream at each other or listen to one another. I’m going with Listen to One Another.
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.goodreads
Obviously these are just my opinions. If you have a different opinion that is your choice. But somehow we have forgotten how to respect each others opinions. In fact, we have forgotten how to respect one another at all. When I was young, I had to walk to school everyday, uphill, in the snow, lol. But really, parents use to teach their kids to be polite to others. We were taught to say yes sir and no mam, thank you and please. It was called manners and was meant to show respect to others. I think “Emily Post’s Etiquette” must have been required reading for every female who in turn taught it to their children. We were also taken to church where we heard the same guidelines from a man named Jesus who said, ” do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “love your enemies as yourself”, easier said than done, right? But we have lost these principles that were taught to to us at home, in church and in schools As Well!! So why and how did this happen?
As is the case most times, there is not one particular answer to such a difficult question. There are always underlying circumstances with multiple layers that make up the foundation, base and surface to the road we are on at any given point in time. But in My Opinion, we are just reaping the consequences of our actions. When you take God out of your schools; your homes and your government are sure to follow. A Godless society you wanted, a Godless society you now have. For some reason, people think they can take God out of everything and good will come to the surface because man is inherently good and that, my friends, is an impossibility. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 Also, in an atheistic and naturalistic framework, there is no plumb line for morals. Morals are not just invented or created on their own. In that particular world view, every man does what is right in his own eyes which leads to chaos, disorder and every kind of evil which God said we should not do, “You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes Deut. 12:8 But here we are, in a chaotic, disordered and evil world. If we could just take a small portion from the teaching of Jesus, we could live in a much better world. In the book of Matthew, an expert lawyer with the religious leaders asked Jesus a question. They did not ask him a question because they were seeking an answer to help them in their walk to draw closer to God. They were not interested in what they could do to become a better disciple, to become a better person and contributor to society. They were trying to trap Him, looking for a reason to justify killing Him. The question was, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Mat. 22:36 Only God could answer this question with Truth because He is the moral law giver, the Creator of the Cosmos and everything good. His answer? “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Mat. 22: 37-40
If we could just live by Jesus’ answer to this one simple question, we would be living in a totally different world. If Cain would have loved his brother as himself, he wouldn’t have killed him. If we Loved One Another, wouldn’t have a policeman with his knee in his brothers neck cutting of the air to breath. If we Loved Our Neighbor as Ourself, we wouldn’t have cities being looted, raided and burned. If we Loved One Another, we wouldn’t have prejudice’s because of a person’s age, sex, ethnicity or skin color. If we Loved Our Neighbor as Ourself, we wouldn’t have nations at war with one another. If mankind could live under this one command we wouldn’t have murders, thefts, hatred, lying, adultery or any other of the 6 out of 1o commandments that deal with men or the other 4 that deal with mankind in their relationship to the Lord. 4 simple words; Love God, Love People. This simple solution to a world problem that has spanned all of time, would be simple to prove as being true. But as I mentioned earlier, man is not inherently good, man is inherently evil. We are prone to selfishness and pride from the time we want to be fed. But one thing, racism, is a learned behavior. You can put children of every ethnicity in a playroom and they will exibit the selfishness and pride minus the racism. They will play, run, jump and hug one another, sometime being selfish, but sometime sharing. But God knew, as adults, we could not keep even this most simple of commands to Love God and Love Others, so God had to send His one and only son to the earth to live a perfect life. Loving People, those He knew would betray and even kill him. The penelty for sin is death and must be paid. Jesus was willing to pay that price. He was hung on a cross for your and my sin then buried in a tomb for three days. Then my favorite word’s in the Bible, But God, in the power only He can do, raised Jesus to life, defeating death and the grave. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God and will soon judge the earth. From Jesus’ actions, we can be forgiven for Not Loving Others and even Not Loving God. From His sacrifice, the desires in your heart, you try to fill with with earthly pursuits and possessions, can be filled with an Eternal Hope. So my question is, what would it hurt to try Jesus’ forgiveness? He will give you this ability to Love God and Love People. If this were to occur in the lives of people, we would see a Blessing sweep across our lives, families, countries and even the world, that would blow our minds and bring peace to a world that is so desperately seeking it in all the wrong places. So the most important decision in this life is yours. Facing this life and eternity with or without Jesus. Pick a Side.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.John 15:12