Showing posts from January, 2018

Looking for Comfort in an Uncomfortable World

Our hearts cry out against difficulty. Yet, the reality that there will be some kind of adversity is inherent to human existence. There will be difficult, even painful experiences. We may encounter this every day in some manner, or go through periods which are overwhelming. Americans, perhaps more than any other society, resist any form of discomfort. We are raised to understand our rights and what we can demand. With abundant material convenience, easements become needs rather than wants. The noble idea of the pursuit of happiness has transformed in our psyche into a desire to shield ourselves from any trouble in life. Perhaps the most universal reaction to displeasure is complaining. Grousing fills much of our conversation. We complain about our bills, our health, our bad breaks, our marriages, how people treat us. If our things break or don't work like we want them to, griping is quick to our lips. Complaints about our government and institutions fill the airwaves. We re

Truth and/or Love?

Are truth and love in conflict with each other? In our postmodern culture, they are. As worldviews they are in divisive disagreement. On an interpersonal level, people usually fall into a predominance of one of the two. The disproportion reflects groups, churches, and organizations in an unbalanced view of these vital standards. If we hold to truths of any kind, we often find severity or belligerence in defense of them. It can be any truth assertion, whether spiritual, philosophical, or political. Enmity and antagonism is the driving energy of our society. They do not call it a culture “war” for nothing. There are times we encounter those infected with a cold, judgmental attitude, using convictions as an excuse to be this way. On the other hand, a major preoccupation in our day is love. Not sacrificial, virtuous love as once understood by the term. What we have is an “I’m OK, You’re OK, every evil under the sun is OK” love. Let’s just love. We are not sure what this means, it is

What Characterizes Being a Man, Part 2

The Headlines If you follow the media, the behavior of men in high places is a major topic. Headlines abound with shameful examples. It seems something is very wrong in the male culture of power, celebrity, and politics. Compared to ourselves, public figures appear exaggerated to extremes in their conduct. We are rightly outraged. Yet, considering how known they are, their failure is more visible. Our own lives are not splashed across the media for all to see. These personalities are used as objects of scorn when they fall, but we may well ask, does our culture bear the same marks? Though most of us do not have the money or position to go to scandalous excesses, these examples rise out of the society in which they are formed. Do we need fallen figures to assuage our own personal failures and make us feel we are at least better than they? The general morality of people has soured. Sadly, our land is a self-exalting nation that serves its own pleasures. The Presidential Example