What Kind of Person Are You?
It is time to ask some questions.
What kind of a person openly lies to you or cheats and steals from others? What kind of person considers themselves above the law, but thinks others should be held to it? What kind of person would take an oath and then openly defy that oath? What kind of person holds others to a different standard than they hold themselves? What kind of person says they believe something and then does not reflect that belief in the way they live their life and conduct themselves professionally and socially? What kind of person cheats on a spouse or physically abuses a child, spouse or significant other? What kind of person would use anger over something that happened to someone else as an excuse to loot and burn businesses? What kind of person says that it is my right to choose to kill another human being and not be accountable for the choice that resulted in that person’s existence? What kind of person thinks that because another person was killed by a cop, that is is acceptable to target and murder cops? What kind of person thinks that death threats are acceptable because a business suggests vegans not apply for a job, when the job entails tasting foods not in line with that diet choice? What kind of person would choose to be represented, before the entire world, by someone who has contempt for the law, violates public trust, uses public service for personal gain, perjures themselves before congress, mishandles secret information that ends up in the hands of the enemy, leaves those in need high and dry and is a part of efforts to rig an election? (Don’t worry, this is not a political piece).
What kind of person stands by and just does nothing in the face of such degradation and defilement, or worse, supports it?
I doubt many people would argue that one answer could be used to answer all of these questions. THE ANSWER WOUD BE "A BAD PERSON".
Sadly, this is just a small smattering of what is going on in our country today. Even more sad, is the fact that this can and probably should be seen as an indictment of most if not all of the people of this country, myself included.
Now, I am not here to indict anyone. That would place me in a position to judge people and label them as bad. That would make me part of the problem. I love people, but I hate the things that people do sometimes. And I am here to say there is a horrific problem in this country that is getting worse by the day. That problem stems from a level of complacency that has grown to monumental proportions and combined with a twisted sense of what "love" is. The result is that we are a people that are desensitized by constant exposure to and have become accepting and tolerant of evil and sinful behavior, and it has become the norm to allow it to happen. It almost seems like there is nothing we can do about it and that it is all hopeless.
But I am here to say it is not all hopeless! It is written that "The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe" (Prov 16:17) It is also written that "The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves" (Prov 14:8). We are not fools! We can make a change.
We can look at the world around us and be shocked and dismayed by the way others act, but we can not control the horrible choices that others make. We can not expect to be able to change their minds through logic or facts. Solomon, one of the wisest people to ever live, wrote "Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions (Prov 18:2).
We can not sit around and do nothing either. "Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!" (Prov 14:23) "A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things (Prov 18:9).
The fact is that any change has to start with us, instead of pointing fingers at others. We need to "Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14). We need to not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good (Rom 12:21). We need to remember, "Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death" (Proverbs 19:16). "Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (Prov 14:34).
Our lives, choices and decisions need to be in that framework of right and good. Starting with ourselves, we need to live striving for the higher standard and being intolerant of defiling behavior. "Those who follow the right path fear the Lord; those who take the wrong path despise him (Prov 14:2).
When we make choices in our lives, we need to seek the higher standard. When we make decisions about who we will choose to lead or represent us, we need to expect and demand an even higher standard. A leader, at any level, plays the roll and carries the responsibility of representing who and what we are, the face, beliefs and convictions of us, to a greater audience. We defile ourselves when we choose a leader who demonstrates defiling behavior. We are, in part, telling the world around us that what can be seen in the leader we choose, is what we want the world to see about us.
These words are especially pointed at the Judeo-Christian part of the world, as many of these words come directly from the bible and are supposed to be foundational to our beliefs. But, though many non-believers will jump to that point as not applying to them because it is from the bible, the fact is these words are wise for all people, especially a nation that is formed as One Nation Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Now, in that light, I have a confession to make. There was a time when I hated some people, not many, but there were some. Those that are closest to me have seen it. There was a time, for example, when the very existence of Bill and Hillary Clinton was offensive to me and made me recoil in disgust and hate. Their behavior and words were the antithesis of what I believed was right and acceptable from anyone, especially a leader. I literally had a physical response of revulsion. I present this example because Hillary and her performance and defiling behavior is so prominent in the news of today.
But I was wrong, so very wrong to allow myself that feeling of hate toward another person and to allow that feeling to direct my actions. That was and is not the standard that God, through Jesus Christ, set for us. We are called to love the sinner, which is all people, for none on earth are without sin, but to hate the sin. The Holy Spirit convicted my heart for that, and helped me see how I needed to change. It as been a long hard road, one that has only been possible by God’s grace, that has allowed me to separate the sin from the sinner, love all people as God’s creation, yet hate the sinful things we people do and, in as loving a way as possible, stand against that sin.
It is extremely challenging, and I can not claim to even be good at it, but with God’s help I strive for God’s standard. In doing so I can make a change in me and the immediate world around me. It is my prayer that we would all seek to do the same, and in turn, that our nation would get off the path to destruction we find ourselves on. We can all change. There is hope. All is not too far gone and lost.
I love people. I love to help people. I love making a difference in their lives. I love that I have been blessed to be able to do so in my life as well as, in some small way,my career in credit restoration. It is so very gratifying to get the opportunity and be able to speak hope into another person’s life, especially when things seem out of control. So I am going to say it again. There is hope. We can change things. We do no have to tear everything apart or start over. We just need to change our direction in our personal lives and the choices and decisions we make, by making sure those choices and decisions do not defile us or those around us. If we all strive for that change, our nation will change with us.
God Bless America!
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