Striving Spiritually

For Goodness Sake

Goodness: by definition is virtue; moral excellence.  Is that what we see today?  Maybe I just like to live under a rock…maybe I’m so disgusted by the news and friends postings on Facebook that I’d rather just pretend that it’s not out there.  I know that won’t do anything at all.  I know that doesn’t make a difference.

It’s hard to know what exactly is the best thing to do when hate is prevailing all around us.  I think to remember that this isn’t the worst it’s been for Earth.  It’s not exactly the most horrible of times we’ve faced.  Yet here we are, all over Facebook, posting and pointing fingers and convicting people before we even know their hearts.  Some have made it very clear.  We assume the hearts of others by what party they participate with.  We spread hate along with the hate.  We aren’t making a difference people.  We’re making it worse.

We’re spreading awareness with our conviction.  We’re quick to point our views without listening to others.  And yes, I know what I’m writing is exactly what I’m trying to say we are not to do.  I know that it’s sounds like I’m assuming you who are reading this are doing exactly that.  That’s not fair of me.

I know there are some good-hearted people out there.  People who truly are fighting for the rights and beliefs of others.  It’s not that I don’t think you’re doing the right thing.  It’s that sometimes, I wonder if the way you put it out there makes it lose it’s flavor.  You can’t beat people with a hammer to make them mold to the way you want them to think, and sometimes I think we’re doing to much beating.  We all have a right to stand up for what we believe in…for what we believe is Good.

So for goodness sake, I urge you all to take a stand by kneeling in prayer.  If you share that same faith with me, then join me and turn your hearts to gentleness and compassion with your awareness.  Turn your words to mimic the wisdom given in Titus 3:

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.  You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.”

I’m not educated in history as well as some of my friends.  I do not envy them, but I do respect them.  I do, however, know that in our history as humanity, we’ve goofed a lot.  We’ve been shown mercy from a higher being many times.  I know the simplest of man can be used to change the course of where we see humanity going.  My friends, I know the Divine Being that is over all of this is not surprised.  Do not let your anger and furry make your words and your purpose sour.  Do not let your intent for goodness be spoken in hatred.  Too many are doing that already, and it’s causing a raging fire to keep spreading.

This is a journey I do not claim to master.  I’m still learning what my place looks like in a world full of hatred.  Where riots break out because of something as frivolous as skin color.  When discrimination happens because people associate differently than me.  I still am baffled how we in the name of Jesus claim to be right when Jesus himself sat with these very people we hate on and loved them.  He didn’t say, “You’re doing the right thing.”  He said, “It doesn’t matter what you did, I can save you.”  How do we do that in kindness and through Goodness?

As we keep striving and thriving, join me in prayer for that very answer.


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