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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Cut Above

Israel cries out to me,
O our God, we acknowledge you!”
But Israel has rejected what is good;
an enemy will pursue him. (Hosea 8:2-3)

Despite professions of loyalty to God, are you “rejecting what is good” with (a) Spouse? (b) Family? (c) Business? (d) Money? (e) Leisure? How might errors in these areas lead to addiction or idolatry? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1250).

The failings and frailties that marked the personality and character of Hitler should be very instructive for us. When stripped of all the hoopla, Hitler was a man who had an inveterate belief that he was a cut above all the rest of mankind. Those he gathered around him as chums had the same passionate conviction – the same passionate affliction.

I have heard tell (even today) that there are those among us with this same affliction. Since it arises from human nature, the disease is no doubt not a respecter of person or class. Yet, today’s discussion centered on the privileged – the movers and shakers within a community. It was averred, unbelievably, that there are those who rise to the top not from any blessings they have bestowed upon humanity, but from a merciless drive to express their impelling conviction that they represent supreme superiority over the “run-of-the-mill” productions of childbirth. It represents exceptionalism perverted by arrogance, avarice, and lust for power—but even more basically, by the urgent need to win at all cost, whether deviously or by shamelessly displayed treachery—thus proving to themselves and, in their belief, to others that their conviction of superiority is well-founded and rises to the level of validated truth—a vindication born of vindictiveness.

Being a long ways from hobnobbing with the powerful, I cannot attest to the truth of this observation. But if there is any truth to it, it is certainly a chilling thought that such freak shows of nature actually exist.

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