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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Problem with Puppets

As Oscar Wilde wrote, "There are many advantages in puppets. They never argue. They have no crude views about art. They have no private lives".

The word puppet can refer to men and actions supported and controlled by more powerful forces, and by inference without legitimacy. A puppet is any person who is controlled by another by reasons of undue influence, intellectual deficiency, or lack of character. The actions are without legitimacy because they are manipulated and imposed, only requiring the subjugation of the victim and the victim having no recourse to any other action without a resulting punishment or negative consequence. Legitimate acts are free-will acts.

A legitimate action is a result of the volitional will of man, having weighed the consequences of his action, acting upon his will. Legitimate acts are free-will acts. The acceptance of any repercussion is now the sole responsibility of the man. Authentic action begets genuine change.

Puppets are representations; characters in a play. They are not the performers, they are the extension of the performers, mere props to convey a message. Puppets are unable to understand or act upon the script in any independent way apart from the performers control. Whatever message is to be communicated is done at the whim and fancy of the puppeteer. Puppets will never believe they are the character they play. A puppet has no psyche, can never develop emotional attachment, will never create its own drama, nor share the reality of life with another.

A man's existence is legitimate, real, genuine, authentic, true. It is that, because there is an intrinsic relationship between thought and action, between creative impulse and responsibility, between self-awareness and accountability, between individuality and corporate identity, between mind and soul, between heart and mind and these relationships inherent in man are contained and enhanced in the free-will choices and activities of each individual. Life does not exist apart from relationship whether that be with others or with God.

Free-will wars against the puppeteer, screaming out its independence and decrying the emotionless abyss of lifelessness. Free-will declares capability, strength and independence. These can only exist in a free-will expression of creativity, management of resources and/or the capacity for emotional involvement.
Free-will creates the emotional context in life needed for such things as faith, hope and love.

Free-will acknowledges the fortune and blessing from good decisions and accepts the downturn from poor decisions. There resides the admission of fault, blame, blessing and goodness and underlying these thoughts are the themes of sin, foolishness, wisdom and truth. We appreciate the wisdom contained in good decision-making as well as critiquing the foolishness of inept decision-making. Free-will does not detract from God it augments His sovereign position, for all men acknowledge the impossibility of an inerrant life. Sin being universally understood "as missing the mark" or "wandering in the understanding" not only reveals the lack of wisdom of man, but, also points to a purveyor of wisdom greater than man from which wisdom can be attained, in other words, God. We see continually the affections of this life pulling men like 'cords and strings' in opposite directions, influencing both mind and soul and in this the free-will of man to choose is elf-evident.

1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth (wisdom) is not in us."

Free-will allows a man to 'miss the mark' or accept a greater wisdom and receive the opportunity to have communion and fellowship with the Creator of his will. God wants relationships with people, intelligent, thoughtful, emotional, free-will choosers of His redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.

"the greatest good ... which can be done for a being, greater than anything else that one can do for it, is to be truly free." Soren Kierkegard

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