Saturday, June 16, 2012

In Defense

Why is it that so many people have to defend and justify their actions?  If someone makes a decision to support an opposing sports team what gives you the right to demean and defame them just because they chose not to support your team?  Friendly chiding aside - when did it become acceptable to escalate to verbal threats and actual violence?  Just because somebody you know becomes involved in a business  that competes with your own does not give you the right to threaten them - if the market can bear or needs another provider - then sharpen your skills to maintain your market share.  Competition is healthy and is looked forward to by many individuals as they are smart enough to know that through competition and changes in how things are accomplished is the way we grow and develop - rather than shrink and stagnate.
When Jesus appeared preaching the Love of God - the Pharisees and Sadducees not only attacked Jesus' preaching but also each others. Under Hasmonean rule there developed factions of which three of particular interest were the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes. Each group developed their own philosophy and so went their own way - while openly criticizing each other. The fact that they participated in the same thing that we experience today just shows that for whatever reason certain people just cannot accept the fact that we do not all think and act the same - the result is unjust criticism and threats. Jesus came to correct that - He came to change people's hearts and minds. He came to call each of us to be accepting - not judging - loving - not hating. If you feel persecuted - bring your cares to Jesus - to His Sacred Heart - He will give you comfort and peace.

Deacon Dale