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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Necessity of God

Complete this prayer: “Lord, deliver us from….? Why is that your chief concern? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1292).

Egocentrism defined:

Concern for your own interests and welfare (WordWeb Pro).

limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs b : SELF-CENTERED, SELFISH (Merriam-Webster).

My chief concern from an individual as well as organizational perspective is the blindness that can derive from egocentrism. America’s national hymn has become in an informal sense “Amazing Grace” which was written by John Newton. He had been a slave trader until his eyes were opened by Amazing Grace as he described it. Surely my focus and concern is in the power of egocentrism – not with the lack of power of the Holy Spirit. In this sense I am an incorrigible optimist.

Egocentrism strongly influences perception and hence a rather limited and shortsighted view of self-interest becomes the prime decision rule of either an individual or society and fear the prime motivator. Another name for such a perspective is overweening pride (which is based on fear) in which all options are discounted except those perceived as buttressing personal strength and integrity viewed myopically. In my own lifetime I have seen nations fully vest dubious conflicts in an unlimited fashion when honor became defined in an egocentric manner rather than more broadly encompassing the human enterprise as hopeful rather than fearful.

I have mentored children some with and some without fathers. Almost without exception those with fathers were less agitated than those without. It is in this sense that the belief in a loving heavenly father is consistent with an assurance that enables peaceful and creative solutions to conflict – a beneficent Supreme Being essential for our traveling down hopeful and creative paths to peace. This of course makes no sense to materialists who wish to be absolutely practical. However it is repeatedly demonstrated that the most practical and effective view always encompasses spiritual intangibles only dimly understood as to their necessity and power in human affairs.

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