Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Enough Is Enough

Enough is enough.  I've sat on the sidelines for the past few months not wanting to blog anything - mostly because I don't want any more divisiveness.  I experienced something like that in one of my previous posts before I took a self-imposed exile from blogging.  I had written something that I was passionate about and several persons took me to task for my perspective - so I removed the article.  I just figured that there is enough division in the world today that I don't need to add to it.  Enough is enough.

Now, that being said, I know that we cannot escape the lines that divide us.  In fact, I've always appreciated hearing another perspective on any topic upon which someone might disagree with me.  Goodness, I'm certainly not the final authority, nor do I think I have the market cornered on any particular topic.  The thing that troubles me is when labels are attached to that point of view when labels don't need to be attached.  If someone disagrees, then why not just leave it at that?  Why can't someone just disagree without pigeonholing them into some category?

Think about it - we have so many huge issues in this nation that everyone is wrestling with: random senseless violent acts against innocent people, political divisions, religious splits over difficult issues, disagreements over immigration policies - I could go on and on.  I'm not offering any solution or critique on any one of these items.  The issues are not my point.

Here's what I am thinking about: we are always going to have different viewpoints on these matters.  It's one of the things that makes us wonderfully human.  I believe we can learn from those different viewpoints - perhaps not always agree, maybe sometimes agree to disagree, and maybe even debate the position we hold dear.  There isn't anything wrong with those actions.  When the conversation goes beyond that into calling someone a name or attaching some kind of label, well, as I said, enough is enough.

You are free to disagree with me.  I'm okay with that.  Just leave it at that.  In the final analysis, I am responsible to measure my own understanding of what I believe to be true with God's way - with God's truth (I'm not imposing that on anyone either - it's how I look at my own life - I am responsible to balance God's view into my equation of life).  

Even if we hold issues in disagreement, God will weigh in on the topic.  God always has something important to say about any issues we might disagree upon.  And if we choose to disagree with God...

...well, I wonder if (and when) God might say to us "Enough is enough".

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