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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, July 10, 2011

Identity; Crisis

July 4th a friend and myself went on a Bike Trip down into Montana.
We were watching the fire works in Troy, when a group of young people in a small SUV drove past us. The driver yells out the window "Anyone who doesn't like America can just f**k off!"

This was a rather stark reminder of where we were in the world. What it really communicated to me was not the pride in a country but the attitude of one of its members. The attitude I believe being communicated is that of a militancy or false bravado expecting all others to become subservient.

This attitude is not restricted to this one individual in a nation of millions. This attitude raises its head throughout history, cross-culturally, in every religious institution, etc,. For the most part I don't believe it is indicative of any or all of the aforementioned categories.

What is most striking is the mindset which places itself as the ultimate right and absolves oneself of error.

As I am a Christian, I must admit that there are many within the category of Christian who, possibly not verbally, but in other ways communicate the same value system with regard to others. This value system proclaims an absolute at a cost to any individual who stands opposed. Now, having said that, I do believe there is no other way to God than through His Son Jesus Christ, but, I am not specifically talking about salvation here. A birthright is not a right of passage, nor an unrestricted condition of life. We may just as easily choke on the silver spoon as any other.

I have seen, personally, situations where Christians, devote Christians, have acted without conscience, totally refusing to accept responsibility or accountability for harm done to others. In some circumstances their behaviour was almost unconscionable.

Being a Christian does not make you right. It only gives you a standing with God for forgiveness and that only with respect to what has been done for you, not based upon your birth, where you live, or your personal strength.

It is easy from a position of power or authority to declare edicts of superiority, without regard for the humiliation of a person, the offensive nature of that prideful mindset and the attitude which conveys either disgust, anger, or hatred towards others.

It is when you are in a position of weakness and have expectations for compassion that a sense of absolute vulnerability is most prominent. Whenever a hand is extended in aide a relationship is established which assumes a weaker and a stronger party. Pride operates as a barometer of the relationship.
When the weaker party is opressed or given to believe they are subservient their pride is offended. When a stronger party believes they are doing a 'good' which is not accepted then they are offended. In order for friendship to evolve and a continuing relationship to develop, there must be in the initial stages a mutual respect. This mutual respect must overlook the obvious deficiencies and qualities of each party in the relationship.

There is the difference between a policy of 'do no harm' as compared to a policy of 'do unto ... as you would have'.

With thought any person acting with regard to the welfare of another can come to terms with the divergent mindset of each attitude and the subsequent conduct and action.

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