I first wrote of 2020 being a great year in 1997. I’ve looked forward to it for a long time.
It hasn’t turned out as I had hoped.
Songs came out during my youth that are now records of the turmoil of the turbulent 60’s and 70’s. I’ve thought of one of them a lot lately. Every time directional arrows in a store tell me how to move down an aisle I hear;
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign
I am angry and so are a lot of people in this country.
I believe COVID is dangerous. I think it has killed more than its fair share and isn’t done yet. I see people so bent on each side of the debate however, that they aren’t communicating with any reason. If I have a different point of view than someone, my credibility is at stake if it is different than the prevailing narrative of the group I am in. That said, I don’t do masks. Going anywhere but clear streams in the mountains is not desirable. And don’t you dare come up to me there and tell me to put on a mask.
I believe there remains a racism problem in this country. I believe it had gone through measurable healing between 1963 and 2009, but that healing took a substantial hit starting in 2009 and has been spiraling since.
Now we have anarchists who have hijacked an undisputable truth (of course every black life matters) into a business bent on hate – the very thing they claim to be against. Those of us who cry foul about their true intentions are immediately dubbed as racists and bigots. I am all for healing of racial strife but not one bit in favor of the company called “Black Lives Matter.”
Think About it
If people who consistently seek the scriptural answers (like Jimmy Meeks’ fine message last week) are this angry, what are ungrounded people like after months of this turbulence?
Get ready, because many of them have uncontrollable anger. And they are coming to church when you open.
2020 probably won’t go down as the “clear vision year” many of us had hoped for, but we must learn and apply what we’ve learned towards readiness.