There are so many issues swirling around in my head. Issues that so many people don’t even see as issues…
The prevalence of media-soaked youth and disrespected elderly
the cultural shift in favor of a “gender-less” society
the craze for immediate gratification and attention
the killing of unborn people
the trend towards powerful government and entitled citizens
the destabilization of the family unit
the obsession with youth and never growing up
just to name a few.
I feel like we’re on one of those water-park rides where we’re slipping back and forth around the edge of a giant funnel, pushed and pulled by waves of foolishness that are slowly sucking us down.
How can we be more powerful than what’s going on around us? How can we withstand those waves?
“Compromise where you can, but where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, ‘No. You move.'”
That was written by the folks at Marvel Studios… can anyone tell me which movie (quiz time)?
Regardless of the stance the writers of that line might take on the issues above, it’s a powerful piece of dialogue to me, and is, more or less, my heart’s cry…
Not more than 15 years ago, there was a general consensus in our country on the definitions of right and wrong, but now it’s one big gray area. And, we will most assuredly drown in it if we don’t plant ourselves like trees.
So, I say to you, like I say to myself, whenever you’re asked to give in or “get with the times,” refuse. Right is right and wrong is wrong no matter who acknowledges it. Those who don’t acknowledge it will be forced to one day.
But, when you get the opportunity to stand firm, don’t forget that while righteousness is right, kindness is also right, grace is also right, compassion is also right. Remembering that and living it will make your opposition sit up and take notice.
Be for truth, but also be for grace.
But, be trees. No matter what, be trees.