Please pardon me while I pontificate. I wish I could orate. My goal is to educate. After reading this, I hope you don’t want to medicate.
I am getting so tired of division in our society. Whether it’s red state/blue state, pro-choice/pro-life, Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative, Coke/Pepsi, Leno/Letterman, or those with hair/those without hair (sorry, that last one is my own personal battle).
A Michael Franks lyric goes like this,”…locked inside this zoo, your bananas get thrown at me and mine get thrown at you. Every night we fuss and fight like the Arabs and the Jews.” Now this is taken a little out of context for my point because he is talking about a romantic relationship and we all know how volatile they can be at times.
In a sense we are “locked inside this zoo” on our own planet and unless we have the ability to be transported to another planet, galaxy, universe, or astral plane we are stuck with each other. Before we go any further, I want you to know that I have flung so many bananas that my rotator cuff stays inflamed.
I took this photo in the late summer of 2011. This is Broke Leg Creek in Menifee County, KY and is below the falls of the same name. This scene has dramatically changed since a tornado took down most of the trees in this small canyon last year.
We tend to think of creeks and rivers as boundaries that separate us, whether it is private property, counties, states, or countries. If you look at this photo, you will notice that the color of the trees and moss on each side of the creek is green. The plants use the common life-sustaining water for their survival and they don’t care which side of the creek they inhabit. They take what we would consider a natural boundary and use it as a sustaining force in their life.
I am reminded of Revelations 22:1-5. John describes the vision that Jesus has given him of the New Jerusalem and the River of Life that flows from God’s throne. We will be nourished by the loving God who created us, the sustaining force of all creation will nurture us for all eternity from his ever-flowing river.
The next time you want to call a Democrat an immoral, wacko, hedonistic, socialist, or call a Republican a dim-witted, cold-hearted, bigoted, idiot. Try to find the things that make you like them. At least at the most basic level of commonness, we are all created by a God who loves each one of us and wants the best for us. So if God wants that, why shouldn’t we want that also?
So instead of acting like that little negative electron who wants to bolt for any atom that will give it a home whenever it absorbs a little heat, be like the bigger, immovable proton and stay positive and your little corner of the world will always be stable.
This message brought to you by the sweathog section of Sociology 101.
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