Three years later and it has only gotten worse. Why are we allowing the media and politicians to shape our beliefs?
I certainly applaud the effort. These kids reverse, a little, the fear in me that there is no future.
One reason popular media and politicians shape the beliefs of the masses is one of volume. It is in the face of us all, all the time. One has to really try to not be exposed. I go to my retreat and after a couple of days I begin to feel the weight removed. It takes a conscious effort to leave the insidious narrative out and let the peace in.
At one time getting something to read or hearing music or watching some show took will to seek it out. Now you can barely escape it.
First we sought it, longed for it and paid money to get it. Information is a blade that cuts both ways, a boon in ways and curse in others. Media now moves at the speed of light, literally, and mis-media, misinformation seems to rule.
Once we had to look for it. Now it hunts us.
Our phones, our car stereos and televisions have undone what a long bloody war accomplished.
They have made us subjects again.
What is to be done?
At this point, if one is honest, nothing. At least not on a world or national level.
Affect your home, your neighborhood, your town.
Be good, until you are forced to be savage. Then be a good savage.
Have noticed a trend lately and yes it has been around a while, yet the uptick is here. In the Bible there are several passages that speak to respect of persons.
Have you noticed ‘the world’ is campaigning for certain persons? Persons of certain occupations? Why does the world do what the Bible advises not?
2:1-13 Those who profess faith in Christ as the Lord of glory, must not respect persons on account of mere outward circumstances and appearances, in a manner not agreeing with their profession of being disciples of the lowly Jesus. St. James does not here encourage rudeness or disorder: civil respect must be paid; but never such as to influence the proceedings of Christians in disposing of the offices of the church of Christ, or in passing the censures of the church, or in any matter of religion. Questioning ourselves is of great use in every part of the holy life. Let us be more frequent in this, and in every thing take occasion to discourse with our souls. As places of worship cannot be built or maintained without expense, it may be proper that those who contribute thereto should be accommodated accordingly; but were all persons more spiritually-minded, the poor would be treated with more attention that usually is the case in worshipping congregations. A lowly state is most favourable for inward peace and for growth in holiness. God would give to all believers riches and honours of this world, if these would do them good, seeing that he has chosen them to be rich in faith, and made them heirs of his kingdom, which he promised to bestow on all who love him. Consider how often riches lead to vice and mischief, and what great reproaches are thrown upon God and religion, by men of wealth, power, and worldly greatness; and it will make this sin appear very sinful and foolish. The Scripture gives as a law, to love our neighbour as ourselves. This law is a royal law, it comes from the King of kings; and if Christians act unjustly, they are convicted by the law as transgressors. To think that our good deeds will atone for our bad deeds, plainly puts us upon looking for another atonement. According to the covenant of works, one breach of any one command brings a man under condemnation, from which no obedience, past, present, or future, can deliver him. This shows us the happiness of those that are in Christ. We may serve him without slavish fear. God’s restraints are not a bondage, but our own corruptions are so. The doom passed upon impenitent sinners at last, will be judgment without mercy. But God deems it his glory and joy, to pardon and bless those who might justly be condemned at his tribunal; and his grace teaches those who partake of his mercy, to copy it in their conduct.
James 2:9 Commentaries
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