When I was a child, the difference between right and wrong seemed clear to me. Swearing, cheating, lying, being mean to others was wrong. Being loving, generous, and truthful was right. Life and how it was supposed to be lived seemed to be black and white – there were definite, finite lines.
This 2016 election has brought up shades of gray, it seems, for our country.
Right and wrong seems to not have such definite, finite lines in a few areas. While my beliefs are not swayed one way or another depending on what other people believe, it is amusing, no, not amusing – that isn’t the best word….it is intriguing what some people feel is right and wrong these days.
I want to clump ALL the political topics, all the topics people argue about today into one topic. HUMAN LIFE. Pro-abortion, anti-abortion, pro-war, anti-war, acceptance or non-acceptance of race and/or gender preferences, GMO’s, non GMO’s….in my opinion all fall under the category of HUMAN LIFE.
I don’t feel that someone can take a 100% stand on the case of Human Life without being hypocritical in one place or the other. To explain myself, let me ask a few questions:
- For those who are 100% PROLIFE, what will you do if faced with the with a sick and dying elderly parent at the end of their life, struggling to survive and living on life support? If you are anti-abortion, I would hope that you would choose to let God decide when that elderly parent’s life would end. What about the case where a baby’s life has to be taken to save the mother’s life?
- If you are “prolife,” are you also working to encourage others, to not belittle them, to not put them down? Because words can in a way speak life or death into situations. Those who are calling names may be taking away pieces of a person’s life little by little.
- How can someone who is Pro-Life be ok with war? If it isn’t right to end a fetus’ life, how is it ok to murder another person? What about bombings in other countries and innocent women and children dying?
- This following scenario is one I struggle with a lot: I don’t feel murder is right. However, what if you are in a situation where a criminal is attacking you or someone else? Is murdering, then, in defense ok? Or do you just sit there and let a criminal kill you? I am ProLife in regards to babies in a mother’s womb, but I feel if I were in a situation where a criminal was attacking my family and in the process of killing us, that I would choose killing that criminal.
- Foods with GMOs that are laced with poisons that are slowly killing the human body? I don’t agree with GMO foods – but what if that is all your family has to feed your children with? You are faced with the situation of feeding your children poison laced foods or letting them starve. I think I’d then pick the poison. Sad that our country has come this far.
- How are those who are against gay marriage OK with conducting other sexual immoral acts such as premarital sex?
There are hard concepts to wrap my mind around. We are full of sins. Are some sins weighed heavier than others? I feel sin is sin, and every day we need to examine ourselves and try to do what is right. If we don’t know what is right, we can turn to the Bible. All I know is it November, the month of thanksgiving. Here is what I am thankful for:
I am first and full most thankful for the book of Romans in the Bible. I feel that this book helps to guide me between right and wrong.
Romans 13: 8-14 says this:
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, ARE ALL SUMMED UP IN THIS ONE RULE, “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now that when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
I am thankful that God has grace, mercy, and forgiveness – for because He gives us these gifts, there is hope and restoration for where we screw up in life – for where we are ignorantly hypocritical.
I am thankful that Romans 13 also says that “God establishes those in authority.” I cannot say I voted for Hillary and I cannot say I voted for Trump – regardless of the shades of gray, I can say that I trust God will always put in charge who is supposed to be there.
Live life speaking truth.
Live life speaking life.
Live life without fear.
Live life acting in love.
Live life demonstrating grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
How can you display acts of truth and love in this season?