Winning in the Age of Division
All too often we find ourselves in debate over what is right and what is wrong, who is the winner and who is the loser. We have developed an internal drive to become victorious at the expense of another. We are the first to point out what’s wrong with someone else but forget to see our troubles. We then declare that we know what’s best without experiencing or seeing the full picture. We need to have clear cut black and white answers; the gray space can never be a solution.
It starts in the beginning by the encouragement of the start or continuation of challenges in division. Every time someone enters into this world, the effect of a culture is cast on to the new light on the earth. A culture becomes a collection of legacies, something that gets passed down to further generation. The legacy we leave informs the understanding of children as they grow and develop into their place in the world.
It starts with us, and there is hope.
One individual can make the choice to seek righteousness, through morals we find in parables and stories and truths in the Bible. Whether you are a believer or not, the principles apply to all people. Four letters can change the equation from right to righteous, allowing us all to be victorious in the present and winners in the end.
The principles in the Bible are the back bone to inform us to forecast and to prepare for a response in our human challenges. The disciples of Christ engaged in similar behavior on how to deal with justice at the micro level with one another, and the macro level with tribes and nations.
Side note, sometimes we think of the disciples as perfect, but that is far from the case. Peter was Jesus' right hand man and he ended up denying Jesus ever existed! This is after all the miracles of Jesus such as healing the blind, feeding 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, walking on water, and so many more.
“Master, said John, we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” Do not stop him, Jesus said, for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50
The disciples misunderstanding of unity became a problem, rather than team, it was teams.
God calls for righteousness, trusting His ways as the guidebook (rather than a rulebook), and an open heart of love to all people. That means family, friends, and enemies. When we act in righteousness, we not only come to accordance with one another, but we also glorify God and raise Him higher.
As we think about modern day struggles, we must first understand that they are no different than times faced by the folks in the Bible. By going back to the roots, we come to a place of wisdom. We must also realize that because of the cross we are all on the same baseline, there is no Jew nor Gentile, but we are all alike. Now that we understand our place and our lack of understanding, we must knock down our preconceived notions of what’s right and wrong by being like a child, and let the spirit stir you up to uncover the person you were destined to be.
Righteousness does not have a side, in the right vs wrong equation, it takes the common ground, the gray space in between.
It starts with you, and there is hope.
Tyler Brondyk, Guys Like Us