Today, I was unfortunate enough to watch legislative hearings, where legislators grilled a cabinet secretary about the function of their department. The Secretary was pummeled with question after question and barely allowed to answer as time permitted. The people asking the questions were unkind at times and harassing at other times. Their political anger was in full vitriolic pace with their fellow legislators and as they pursued an avenue of blame and discontented hegemony over the Secretary, their motives were on full display. They positioned themselves to stand upon the mountain of morality, all the while deluding themselves as Don Quixote did, hypocrisy seemed to be the flavor of the day and they were taking full advantage of the speaking supremacy they had from their elected offices. One couldn’t help but feel sorry for the position the Secretary was placed, especially when questions about the law and pursuant policies to enforce were questioned and even ridiculed. The Secretary is at the behest of the President, but is still required to maintain the disciplined behavior of law as it pertains to federal function. The very people who were deriding the Secretary for following the law, to the letter, are the very ones who can change it to suit whatever desires they want. I’ve always heard a phrase, “don’t kill the messenger”, utilized between kings to accept the poor news given and not to punish the one giving the bad news. However, it seems as if history isn’t a lesson our elected officials take into consideration. Perhaps common sense isn’t either, but the one glaring and worrisome direction I do see is vengeance, hubris, and a dark desire to ambition at the destruction of all around.
Vengeance, a terrible word, which conjures up scenes from movies whereby the heroin is tempted to walk down this dark road, but inevitably reaches the light and doesn’t lower themselves into such a pit. Though recently, our entertainment options have showed an embrace of such behavior towards the dark as some misaligned prospect to accept hate and sin as par for the course. Though, sinking to the very level of the sin we despise is the recipe for destruction of our lives and our souls. It just doesn’t come with a surgeon general’s warning, “may cause destruction of soul if you continue this path”, but the warning is there and it is real. Our culture seems to totter on the edge of destruction at every single point in our existence, and although some might say this is life as we accept it, I would argue, it doesn’t have to be this way. Sin isn’t good, it isn’t healthy, and pursuing avenues where we accept sin as something we must live with is standing on this precipice where we risk everything to embrace an earthly life rather than the heavenly.
As the legislators continued to punish the Secretary, who I would add held their ground to my amazement, I became aware of an entertainment industry phrase, “jumping the shark”. A term coined when the sitcom “Happy Days” became so unrealistic and willing to do anything for ratings, they had the character, Arthur Fonzerelli, wearing a leather jacket and on skis jump a shark while maintaining an aura of coolness. To say the least, even for people who enjoyed the show, this was too much. The ridiculous nature pushed upon the viewer became too much and shortly thereafter the show was cancelled. Although the government our culture elects isn’t a television sitcom, it is still adherent to the whims of those who watch them perform their duties. Which isn’t above reproach, especially due to the nature of their elected offices. They are and always should be held accountable for their actions in office, but what happens to the quality of elected officials when subjective morals and beliefs begin to take hold in a society so willing to accept anything other than the truth? Chaos is a good word, but one which suits the environment better is ambition, people so willing to reach their ambitious goals they throw caution to the wind and rush towards this goal. In previous years, at least as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve seen politicians conceal ambitious goals as a manner for polite politics. There are smiles and maneuvering which creates posturing, but with this comes a strategy and tactics which our culture has come to know the very nature of politics. The duplicity our politics has reached on both sides of the aisle is one of destructive properties. As a culture, when we are asked to give our opinions about politics, usually nothing good comes from the question. Most of us think of politicians are liars, corrupt, cheaters, duplicitous, schemers, ambitious, liars, and generally awful individuals. Though, is this really a fair depiction of the modern politician? If I were to go out on a limb, I would say no, this is a depiction of the minority of politicians, but the vast majority desire to do good in the position they hold and wish to do good for the constituents they represent. This appears to be changing, at least before my very eyes. I was watching people yell at one another, push their ambitious goals on the crowd gathered, and treat a fellow human being with vitriol for something which if taken apart, they were more to blame than the person being questioned.
The politicians “jumped the shark”, and by my estimation, we as the people who elected them can see it now. The politicians no longer seemed concerned about appearances, but instead they are pushing their agendas and warped sense of morality on those of us who find an objective authority and are increasingly more conflicted with rules and regulations which run counter to our morals and belief systems. If we just accept this, like many already have, and we just accept misaligned principles with our very own, then were like the legislators are more to blame than the people we question. Suddenly, this world begins to close in on us a little, the truth becomes very uncomfortable and we have little or no alternatives. We can choose a path of righteous indignation over acts of a deplorable nature, but when face with a true reality, we are staring at ourselves. Our society is the way it is because of us, change begins with our actions in a desire to affect changes more suitable with our desires for moral and ethical laws and behaviors. Our problem comes when we listen to those with no direction, pull us into the quagmire of detail to create justification.
Currently, our world seems to be overrun with a sudden explosion of immigrants seeking “asylum” from governments and local conditions which are oppressive and dangerous to their lives. The Christian doctrine of faith dictates to all Christians, our fellow man should always be precious to us and we are to give aid where possible (Luke 10:29-37 “Good Samaritan”). This is also important to recognize the sovereignty of a nation, a nation is built on the acts of the people, in either the creation or defense of the nation. So, what to do when thousands of people seek to flood a border for safety, a better life, or a new start? The question is a quagmire, but one which cultures have sought to answer for ages. However, more questions arise from everything asked, and nothing which can be solved here today or tomorrow or perhaps in our lifetime, to think we can solve the problems of the world, especially problems which have plagued generations of people amounts to an arrogance only to be rivaled by the mountain of ambition we seek.
The answer to most questions, especially of this nature, is accountability, the reaction to any event whereby we accept our role in the events and outcomes. As much as the country should treat people appropriately, we must also consider the actions of the individuals seeking asylum, the actions of the areas they are fleeing, and the roles both country’s play in regards to immigration. When we fail to approach the proper accountability, we fail ourselves and the very culture we’re a part of, plus to mention we fail our race. We become nothing more than animals at this point, and our humanity is in question for its abhorrent stance against our fellow man.
Our hubris and arrogance seem to get the best of all of us. Those of us who seek ambition, seek power, control, wealth, and an all-encompassing desire to embrace the flesh of this world rather than the spirit. We become slaves to our desires, and no matter the lessons of the past, we are certain we are better than the failures before us. Currently the question of socialism and communism have come about, a desire to realize a utopian society, where an equality of outcome can finally be realized, and we can all live our lives in harmony. Suddenly I see the scene from “Animal House” when John Belushi smashes the guitar against the wall, and this is what I want to do when I hear such ridiculous notions of utopia. Utopia doesn’t exist on this earth, it is a fallacy of desire and argument because man exists and where man exists, so too does free will, and with free will man has the ability to sin. Which is what has happened every time a socialist experiment has been tried and failed. Any proper history book will explain the enormous death toll which has been realized at the desire to have a utopian experience, but what is worse is the glaringly obvious examples of non-communistic and socialistic environment and the lack of death cause by the hands of those enlisted to create the utopia. Russia, China, Germany, Italy, and Venezuela are examples of needless deaths caused by the hand of a ruthless dictator/government. Yet we have to realize, if everyone is to get the same sized pie handed out to them, who controls the person handing out the pie? Who determines the size of the slice and when it is to be sliced? People who desire to have control, such as many in our political culture today, believe they would run everything better than the despots of centuries before, and where they may try failure is always around the corner and hubris is our lesson for this. The less we have people telling us what to do in our lives, the quicker we become autonomous to ourselves and we will seek the objective truth and authority which has always existed. When we rely on other imperfect and sinful human beings to make a rule of living for us, without consulting the objective truth, is the quicker we seek the path we walk littered with mistake after mistake eventually leading us to a understanding of failure and doom where we no longer care.
When we’ve finally reached the pathway of destruction, where we no longer care, our laziness to put the blame on another becomes the hypocritical crypt we enclose around ourselves and we then reside our fate to the decision of others. Who wants to live like this? Who wants the destruction of our souls and lives left to a person who neither cares if we ever existed at all? When I watch the legislators eviscerate witnesses over a pursuit of ambition, I see this happening, I see what appears to be a dark future for all of us, but this is what it’s supposed to look like. The reality is, we can change what we see, we can change the path we walk, and we can no longer accept the person whom we elect to be an immoral agent for darkness rather than light. The solution starts with God always. If we elect someone who neither believes in God, no a life after this very one we live now, we should worry. Seeking God tells me a few things about the person I want to represent me. The first being, they answer to a higher authority, which is to say, they are less worried about the rules here and more about the eternity they face, so in action their behavior and decisions will reflect an eternal desire to be with God. Second, their desire to be with God makes for a moral path walked daily. A person who has neither a desire to be with God or follow the will of God, has neither a moral path to walk or cares to walk it at all. The atheist who purports morals is lying, they are following behaviors with a selfish goal to attain, once this goal is reached or they find no purpose in this path, they will abandon it as soon as they can. Third and final point is how can we trust the actions of anyone when they determine themselves as their own personal god? It never worked out well for the Greeks, why would it work out well for us? Joking aside, a worrisome situation occurs when anyone believes themselves to be the sole ruler of their destiny and the sole arbiter of judgment of their destiny. By my own experience, I would stay as far away from this paradigm as is humanly possible, because this is a pathway to destruction. These are the people who will begin wars, who will kill millions who they find as threatening, and who will take the world down for the desire to control it.
I hope in some of my words I’ve conveyed a silver lining in a world filled with perceive doom and gloom. With God, even in the worst of times, we always seek the light. I had a conversation with my wife yesterday, and I came along with a great analogy. Imagine we are locked into a room, no windows, and in complete darkness, but directly across from us is a pin-prick of light, barely visible, but yet still there. The light we can see, when we place our eye next to it is almost searing, but when we step back, we can barely see it once more. This is how our world is perceived most of the time, we stand on the opposite side of the room, sometimes even turning away from the pin-prick of light, but it is still there. It still exists, and just because it isn’t how we want it to be or as bright as we think it ought to be, this is all based on where we stand and whether we’re looking for it. The fact it exists alone is a measure of the existence. Goodness and morality exist in this world, there are many people who embrace this objective measure of life, but we too often turn our heads from this light to focus on what is dark. The mere presence of these people prove to the existence of this pin-prick in the room of darkness we exist in.
For many of us, this is difficult to imagine a world which is filled with the reflective light of God, but this is only because we’ve never bothered to turn around and look for it. Seek God’s light, seek God’s voice, and know you were put on this earth to control the decisions you make and not have someone who is adverse to your life in more ways than one control your life. In the pin-prick of light which is surrounded by the darkness we are in, one cannot deny the light exists, because we can see even the smallest point of light can illuminate the darkness we seek to hide in. God bless you and your family!!!
God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good!!!