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senseless and dangerous

Written from a prison cell while awaiting his execution, this short treatise, “On Stupidity,” rings far too clearly despite the passing years. For those with ears to hear, we need to recognize that the political climate within our country is being manipulate by those that appeal to the basest emotions and fears of the least educated among us.

Yes, we are living in a dangerous time. Yes, decisions are being made daily that seem senseless on the surface and even evil when more closely examined. But arguing with most of those supporting the present agenda isn’t the answer.

As Bonhoeffer concludes, trying to persuade the stupid person with reason and fact is both “senseless and dangerous.”

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evil cannot become good

Positive quotes about strength, and motivational:

A lie shouted by thousands and believed by millions is still a lie. And evil, even when sanctified by law, is still evil. We need to remember this and we need to work together to ensure that truth is honored and good is upheld.

real love

I count Bishop Curry as a friend. He reflects the love of Jesus wherever he goes, and is a true saint. He is a Christian leaderI can follow. He leads with his heart, but demonstrates he knows (and is willing to pay) the cost.

His words on real love are right on, and those of us seeking to be faithful in our discipleship to Jesus Christ need to take them to heart. Real love is anything but soft and squishy. Real love is tough love, and often must be confrontational.

as long as there is life…

We imagine that as soon as we are torn out of our habitual path all is over, but it is only the beginning of something new and good. As long as there is life, there is happiness. There is a great deal, a great deal before us."  — Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace):

The only constant in life is change. We’ve all heard that, but few of us have internalized it to the point where change is no longer threatening.

Embracing change rather than fearing it is the first step to understanding that our life is meant to be an adventure. Tolstoy has it absolutely correct. We need to live on the edge, always looking forward to the next opportunity to see and experience what is on the other side.

As long as we live we will be immersed in change. And that’s o.k. That’s as it should be. Accept it.

As Tolstoy reminds us, “As long as there is life, there is happiness.”  And that is the one thing that doesn’t change

a lie is a lie

A lie is a lie no matter how many times it is repeated. It is the opposite of the truth, Wrong is the opposite of right. Evil is diametrically opposed to good.

It doesn’t matter how many times a lie is told, or evil is lifted up as good, a lie is a lie and evil cannot be good. Rick Warren is right about this. It doesn’t matter how many accept a lie or agree that evil is good. A lie can never be the truth and evil can never be good.

This is especially critical for us to understand during this Presidential Campaign.  We all recognize a lie when we hear it. We all know the difference between right and wrong. We have all been taught the difference between good and evil.

I will cast my ballot for the candidate who has not repeatedly been caught lying during this campaign, the candidate who does not have a long history of racism, bigotry, fear-mongering, inciting violence, and defrauding all those possible. I cannot in good conscience vote for a pompous, egotistical, self-aggrandizing braggart whose bullying is already legendary.

Some of the values I have learned from my faith are love, humility, gentleness and service to others. One candidate reflects these values with a lifetime of public service. The other consistently demonstrates just the opposite.

For me the choice is simple. I recognize a liar when I hear one. I know the difference between right and wrong. And like you, I definitely know the difference between good and evil.

 

a lie is a lie…

For the past several months we have watched Presidential candidates tell lie after lie. Within hours we have seen these same candidates deny the lies, even when the lies have been recorded. I cannot be the only one that finds this frightening.

In a world of deceit and lies, telling the truth is an act of rebellion. We are approaching the time when we need such a revolution, a revolution where those of us who care band together to speak the truth, even if it means we have to pay a steep price.

The first steep is paying attention. We do not have to accept lies. We have the power to say no to leadership based on deceit. Wrong is wrong no matter how often we are told differently.

Pay attention. Refuse to be silent. Speak out for the truth. Facts are far more powerful than opinions. And evil cannot survive if we stand for the good.