I have to say the last few days, or should I say weeks, have been a trial. The news is all one sided no matter which side your perspective is leaning towards. Whether you're on the right or the left there's plenty of fodder to incite your fears and flame your anger. Our view points might be from opposite sides of a coin, but whatever your outlook, today's rhetoric confusion conversation incites both sides of the aisle. Even the middle ground is murky and clouded with controversy.
The rhetoric confusion conversation is a pot full of fear and anger along with confusion and angst. I propose that we should stop watching the pot, stirring the pot and just take the dad-burn pot off the stove altogether. It's bound to scorch and that is bad, no matter which way you look at it.
I believe that it is time to ask ourselves these questions? Am I contributing to the rhetoric and confusion that abounds in the conversation? Am I pouring fuel on a fire that's already raging? Am I being part of the solution? Am I walking out my faith in my words and actions?
The definition of rhetoric is speaking or writing that's intended to persuade. Persuade means to cause people to do or believe something, especially by explaining why they should.
I know what I believe. Right, left, or somewhere in between; we the people, are allowed to have our own opinions. We are allowed to speak our opinions. My opinion may differ from yours. That doesn't mean that yours is wrong. It is different. Your opinion doesn't make my opinion wrong either. Differences are what we are all about. The Melting Pot means we are all different, but we get along well with each other. The different flavors blended together into a tasty blend we call the USA. We have the right to our opinions, because we are fortunate enough to live in America. We also have the freedom to change our minds, be convinced and convicted to change our perspective, to live with our decisions and to vote our conscience. It's the fear and anger, the angst and confusion that has no place in freedoms' halls. I know that I am not inspired by or want to be persuaded through fear or antagonism. Fear and antagonism equals bully. Bullies make my fight or flight response kick in. I am at the point that I know that I am aggravated, confounded and down right tired of the negativism that has recently been running a muck. So what do we do?
The right and honorable question is this: How can I, we, all of us; become part of the solution instead of running along in the muck of the rhetoric confusion conversation?
Here's my prayer:
God mark us with grace and blessings. Help us, Your people, view all that is happening in our country, and in the world, through Your perspective. Grant us the ability to see the other sides perspective through Your eyes and with your love. Allow us to hear the conversation through Your ears and without our own preconceived prejudices. Kept our minds, mouths and hands free from antagonistic rhetoric. Alert us to false religious viewpoints, point out legalism's narrow minded boundaries; and bless us with the wisdom and insight to counter them. Give us knowledge of Your truth so we that we can spread hope instead of hate. May the words we speak and share replace and restore this season of fear and anger with a newfound freedom and joy. Save us from our ourselves and our divided opinions.
Inspire us to love one another even when we can't find the a way through the rhetoric. Help us to be calm, reassuring and respectful to others. Prompt us to smile, speak, act and share the real heart of the matter, You. Your love saves. Nothing else matters nearly as much.
Give us joyful and contagious smiles. Prompt us and remind us to be gracious with our attitudes and thoughtful with our words. Help us bless others with Your love, Your hope and Your salvation. Instill in us wisdom so that we may become part of the solution. Help us smile through this season; smiles for today, tomorrow and into the future.
Mark us with grace and blessings because the whole world needs to see how You save. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Psalm 67:1 MSG
"God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save."