People that who know me, know that I spend much of my time joking around about things. This is a good way to change the atmosphere of a room. I feel that it's healthy and it could be said that humour is the lubricant of life. I would say that this is true but you can't live every minute as such and my wife has reiterated that to me on many occasions.
It seems that part of our modern reality in the 1st world is learning to deny reality. Denial becomes a survival mechanism and protection over our comfortable lifestyles. In this world of instigated social justice the internet gives us so much more to see and un-see. Someone puts a spotlight on an issue, we lap it up like a thirsty dog and at the same time we are seemingly oblivious to the issues that are close, staring us in the face. We are experts in denying reality. Isn't it ironic how we are so concerned with an issue that is presented to us by an outside source, and be so blind to what's on our doorstep. We're eating hamburger when steak is on the other side of the table.
As I'm thinking about such things I ask myself, what was important to Jesus. In Mathew 25:35-40 Jesus tells his disciples." For I was Hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, I tell you the truth whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." These are action words, they're not the same as adding a like to a facebook post. In James 2:14-18 James states,"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed." but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action is dead. But someone will say "you have faith: I have deeds. " Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
We tend to blame many things on the Government yet if we were sensitive to the needs of our world, that which we can tangibly affect, we would not need near as much governing. We're pretty good at ignoring anything that would shake us from our comfy lifestyle. And a comfortable lifestyle isn't necessarily based on monetary status. It can be people's investments, both time and money towards other things like music as an example closest to me, or for others, cars, sports, hobbies, entertainment. As long as I can do my things we'll just let the Government look after those things. It's like the need for a union. If the employer was fair and caring and the employees were caring enough to work an honest days work why would you need a union.
We live our lives pretty much in a fog, unseeing what would possibly shake up our lives. This is quite prevalent in a country where people say they are sorry all day long for things they didn't do.
People's reality today is not a reality at all. It is an entity mostly created by social media. A world of social justice memes to lure us into a back room where we sit in the dark while the elites of this world make all the changes they need to usher in their new world for us. People say things like,"God is in control," and I've said it myself.. but faith without works is dead and works are carried out by human beings. The things that are important to Jesus as Mathew 25 points out, are to be carried out as actions by human beings to be aligned with the divine. We can't simply point to the government and ask them to do what we fail to do ourselves, although we can surely point out their blatant hypocrisy. We need to open up our eyes to whats on the doorstep of our hearts. That might include looking in the mirror once in a while.