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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Man or Mirror?

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27 NIV)

As an American I face a major dilemma.  On the one hand I wish to be a perfect reflection of our culture when that comes to such matters as addressed in the Bill of Rights--values central to the core of my identity.  On the other hand our culture contains much that is polluting to the spirit and harmful to individuals and families. To simply mirror the entire culture – to be compliant and tolerant of anything and everything – is to sell out one's integrity and eviscerate passionate personal conviction.  We can spend an inordinate amount of time surveying our culture just to see what is "in" and "acceptable."  How often, for example, do I watch a news show less for the news than simply to find out what goes for acceptable and fashionable opinion to share comfortably on coffee breaks at the office.  My suggestion is that we find one inundating marketing message universally disseminated that we can disagree with just to make sure we have a soul left.  My beef, as readers of my blog are aware, is the saturation marketing of alcohol in attractive colors and containers designed and positioned in store aisles to attract even small children.  We are encouraged to think it unthinkable that any limits should be placed upon alcohol marketing. Such mindless tolerance makes a mockery of the freedom of speech.

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