We now live in a time where facts no longer matter, the National Anthem is disregarded by professional athletes in favor of announcing their own causes, politicians slander each other without pause and widows cling to politics and to a camera rather than family and personal time.
What?s going on in America today? What has changed over the last five, ten or forty years? Is hate bouncing from one generation or culture to another? If so, hate no matter how justified prevails at what costs?
According to a Harvard study, major media outlets broadcasted 80% negative news on the Trump administration. More than doubled that of Obama. One poll had Trump?s negative news with one major broadcaster up to 93%. All during a time of the positive economic news, fledgling markets and lower unemployment. And I can?t even get 50% of my family to decide on what’s for dinner tonight. No matter on what side of the aisle you sit on, how can this be?
In today?s Wall Street Journal, check out ‘The FBI’s Political Meddling.’ This is a must-read. It appears corruption runs wild. Of course, this is not news in the world of politics. But what is staggering is that ultimately it will not matter. No matter how factual or devious, it will be ignored by many and denied by the guilty.
Can’t Always Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
I recall having a conversation with my heavily political biased grandfather more than forty years ago. He was praising a candidate running for Congress. He went on and on about all the great reasons he should be elected and how this man walked on water. I dared not to interrupt. After all, I dearly honored my time with my grandfather. When he finally finished, I asked him about this candidate?s criminal history and all the accusations. Without a mere blink, my grandfather responded, ?son, they all do that.?
It was that moment, when I knew that it was hopeless. I would never convince him. In fact, I recently read a stat that 95% of all arguments, both sides walk away feeling unchanged.
America is rampantly growing with personal greed and the inability to forgive others, too high expectations on others all-the-while ignoring our own faults, striving to publicly condemn others and preferring what?s best for our own interest no matter how unfair for others. Don?t believe me, turn on any news station tonight.
Is it possible that we, Americans, are becoming a more hate-mongering people in a land where any personal accountability is foreign? If so, and I dare ask, where will that ultimately lead us?
Three-quarters of Americans profess to be Christian according to a 2015 News gallop poll. But few show it. What happened to treat others as yourself? Don?t let sin control the way you live? Encourage one another? Don?t just pretend to love others, really love them?
More to the point, in Galatians the part about following your sinful nature the results are clear which are hostility, quarreling, jealousy, selfish ambition, division to name a few.
After all, wasn’t it Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Politicians should be grabbing a Bible rather than a microphone to voice their petty angry slurs.
Just like I need to, right now.