A more prosaic post by my post-Christian friend, Zane Gilley.
Years ago, while I was still Christian, I had this great idea for a song about the three young men in the fiery furnace. I don’t recall any of the verses of it, but the chorus still comes readily to mind.“What’s it to you, O Nebuchadnezzar, Why do we care, what you do to us? The God that we serve, lives ever and ever, And he has the pow’r to deliver us.”
The reason I am writing this today is because in the story, these three men believed in something. They believed in it strongly. And when they were tested, the believed it defiantly.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9
These men believed the bowing to images was evil, and they acted accordingly. No man, no matter how powerful was going to tell them to do evil.
Just like in Acts 17:11, years ago, I searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were true. My conclusions are likely not the same conclusions others may draw. The important thing is the quest for truth, and the knowledge of it. If more people would “buy the truth and sell it not”, this world we live would become a much better place.
It is true that peoples’ visions of the truth are as populous as their opinions. This tends to lead to all manner of aggression; but it does not need to be so. I can get along with near everyone, so long as I am not being preached at. Then, I desire to do the same.
I, like Paul, can be all things to all men. I can argue with the preachings on the hill, or I can concentrate on the things that make life better for all, such as peace, love, and forgiveness.
Going back to the beginning, everyone needs to stop expecting for things to either fall into their laps, or end up against their wishes.
It is better to go out and act. Do what it takes to make the world better lived in. Remember, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Don’t just stand there! Stand up!