Thursday, December 17, 2009

God Is Watching

There are many times in my life, where I wonder if there really is a God. If so, then why does He allow such atrocities to to play out in the human race? Why hasn't He intervened? Why are people still getting away with hate, with violence, with genocide, with murder? Why hasn't He empowered the side of good with some unbeatable weapon against these evils?

I have yet to find any solid, definitive answer. I know what the Bible in it's mutilated form says. I understand the concept of faith. I grasp the concept of free will. I believe there in lies the answers to those burning questions. If God intervenes every time, where does faith come in? There is a difference in knowing something and having faith in something. If free will exist for evil it must exist for good as well, and by extension, for every shade in between. Maybe it is more a case of evil being more convinced or embolden than those of truth and righteousness. Maybe it has come to the fact that not getting involved is believed to be right. The problem with that is where does one draw the line? Where does one decide that being quietly on the sidelines in a neutral position is no longer an option? If history is any indicator, it would seem that when evil is firmly established and becoming a personal threat. It would seem that evil has firmer faith in it's convictions than good.

The majority of people don't want to become involved until it personally affects them or their family. Even then it takes a lot of evil to be moved to action. The assumption that someone else will handle it appears pervasive. Sadly, human nature being what it is, they either wait too long to become involved and much damage has already been inflicted, or they only take action after the evil has became entrenched and begins to spread. It would be so much easier to halt it early on. Much easier to contain it in it's infancy. So why do we wait to act at all?

Maybe our faith in God or some Higher Power to deliver us is to blame. The same thing that gives us strength also becomes our weakness. We fail to put our free will and our God given intellect to good use. Those are the unbeatable weapons against evil that God has given us. Instead, we prefer to be told what to do and when to do, than take responsibility and start it ourselves. Thankfully, there are those among us around the world that see it differently. And they are on the side of goodness, truth and righteousness. We call these people activist, liberals, and free thinkers. The history books are full of their stories. The ones that spoke out first, that raised the alarm, that got the ball rolling, that waited for the rest of us to reach the same conclusion that something had to be done. I, myself, am deeply thankful for them. I think more of us should join their ranks sooner, rather than later. The easiest way to be rid of a cancer is to catch it early and treat it aggressively and with tenacity. All acts of evil should be a call to arms and dealt with swiftly and harshly.


Lemuel said...

There is a "quotation" the source of which is debated (many attribute it to Edmond Burke), but I, for one, do not doubt its truth: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." It seems to echo your point.

Russ Manley said...

Very good, Dave, you make some great observations and I'm with you all the way until the last point: "all acts of evil . . . should be dealt with swiftly and harshly."

I think I know what you mean; but consider this: that is exactly what they think they are doing over in Uganda right now. Dealing swiftly and harshly with what they think is evil: homosexuality.

There are people right here in the United States who, if only they could have their way, would love to criminalize me for smoking my Marlboros, even in the privacy of my home. Oh but they would scream bloody murder if the tables were turned and I were to take away their booze or their dope.

So the question is, who decides what's evil? And are there not degrees of evil? Is it ever possible to eliminate "evil" from the world? Is it really wise to attempt to make everybody be "good" 24/7, all times, all places?

A deeeeeep subject, I know; no answer necessary, just wanted to make you think a little further.

Which is what fundamentalists - either religious or secular (yes, there is such a thing) - fail to do.

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