Friday, December 2, 2016

Signs of These Tumultuous Times

Is it just me or is there a divided world emerging? We probably all know it’s always been there. But with the advent of society’s problem with and reaction to political correctness gone too far, the divisions are emerging everywhere and they’re affecting lives — separating good friends, for instance, because the sharp malalignment of even one passionately felt issue disintegrates their affection.
Could it be that such vitriolic expressions of extremities of thought, once aired, which can never be taken back, and would by their owners never be retracted, work in the favour of an invisible enemy?
Name the issue. Trump. Same-sex marriage. Indigenous issues. Refugees, their migration and acceptance (or not) into a foreign country. The unfair coupling of ISIS and people of Muslim faith. Anti-Semitism and Philo-Semitism. Truly the list goes on and on.
I think we’re on the cusp of something terrifying. The world needs God more than ever, so as individuals we can take due responsibility as citizens with equal stake in the community of earth.
We all have our innate and developed biases. But faith in God moderates these biases so we can truly understand where they come from — they almost always emanate from our brokenness. If we’re to be part of building something good instead of destroying it (and some of our relationships) along the way, we must come together and learn to appreciate our differences of foundation, formation and opinion.
A divided world emerging. It’s everywhere. Trump. Same-sex marriage. Indigenous issues. Refugees. Such extremities of opinion. WW3 coming?

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