We are killing ourselves to death.We are hating ourselves to death. We are mistreating ourselves to death.
Humanity in the United States is at an all-time low. Violence and slaughter are regularly reported occurrences.
It has gotten to the point that calls have been made from even some of our high-profile athletes to the populace at large to settle down. Recently, these have asked for the people of our county to try doing certain things.
For example, they have asked people to try directing a better quality of civility toward each other. They have asked people to try being more respectful toward each other. They have asked for more education to be practiced. They have asked people to try repairing a system that is broken.
My question is, “Why not try the things of God?” Why not make God the all-time high to confront the current all-time low of humanity in the United States? Why not move the inept media to stop pouring fuel to the fires of social tension and conversely promote in hard-hitting manner the peace-making principles of the God of Christianity?
Why not try promoting the principle of the love of God? People often talk about having human love for each other. The only problem is that, because of our inconsistent humanity, human love is not sufficient because selfishness eventually becomes a factor. It does not last because it does not have a principled basis.
But, the love of God has a principled basis because it is Heavenly and eternal. Furthermore, the love of God is qualified, because God through this principled love of His gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for everyone — for every person, for every individual. Get people to try practicing this quality of the love of God toward others, and these societal tensions of ours will improve. Get the media to prioritize the love of God in its reporting.
Why not try promoting the principles of the Ten Commandments? While the first four of the Commandments instruct us how we should deal with God Himself, the remaining six direct us how we should deal with each other. Is not the call for us to respect each other better the issue these days?
The only problem is that the general and unspecified calls for improved respect for one another do not go deep enough simply because people are already pre-disposed for disrespecting others to begin with. Social status is one reason; color and race are another. Besides, people are always going to fuss and complain about the rules and regulations that the powers-that-be stipulate anyway. That is how we are.
But the Ten Commandments have a different integrity to them. The Ten Commandments are not only God-given, but they are God-backed and God-enforced. It is God of the Universe who expects us to respect one another. It is the Sovereign God and our Creator God who wants us to respect each other. It is He who will judge you (in no small way ) if you do not respect your fellow man whom God has created, whose breath of life God put in your fellow man, for whom the God of Salvation sacrificed His own Son! Get the media to prioritize Commandments Four through Ten in its reporting.
But, most people no longer know about these Commandments because they are no longer allowed to be publicly posted due to biased media reporting.
Why not try promoting the principles of the peace of God? Can we not discern that the reason so much violence occurs is because people do not have peace in their lives? The problem is that many do not have peace with God or the peace of God in the human heart. Knowing and experiencing the peace of God makes a vital difference in people’s lives. Get the media to prioritize the principles of the peace of God in its reporting and see if any progress will be made.
In the meantime, it is important for the people of the Church to become more proactive getting people to try the things of God.
Teach it! Tell it! Live it!
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.