splitting hairs, missing the knots

For while we say time marches forward,
all things in time move backward toward the middle and eventually to
the beginnings of history.
We are too vain; we think we are the summit of history.

Morris Bishop

(antique fishing balls encased in rope netting, Julie Cook / 2017)

I think we’d all agree that there’s a great deal happening in this world of ours.
Just as there’s a great deal happening in this country of ours.
And I’m pretty certain we’d each agree that we are all now standing at some sort
of a crossroads, a fork in the road, a diverging path.

Eney, meeny, miny, moe…
which is the path we now should go…?

Choices. Decisions. Options.
Yet are those choices, decisions and options really ours to make?

We’ve been inundated by protests, demands, demonstrations, violence,
disagreements, special interest groups, fake news, real news, marches,
angst, politics, policies, black lives matters, antifas, alt rights,
progressives, liberals, conservatives, democrats, republicans,terrorists,
radicals, extremists, anarchists, LBGTs, atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and
anything else in between…

I recently read an article by The Rev. Gavin Ashenden.
Rev. Ashenden is that rather rebellious Anglican prelate I’ve referenced
previously in a past post or two.
My kind of priest actually.

Another clerical voice in the ever shrinking pool of the global faithful
who is opting to do something quite novel…that being sticking to his guns,
his vows, his belief in the face of those who cry foul. His beliefs that God’s
word is just that, God’s word…not man’s, not some theologian’s, not some
special interest group’s, but God’s and God’s alone.

Rev. Ashenden’s article,
“The Trans Dilemma–Human Dysphoria & the Life of Brian”
is a response to the very public growing battle and preoccupation with changing,
what now appears to be on a whim, one’s sexual orientation.

No longer do our legislatures want those seeking, or the parents who are seeking,
the option of changing ones sex to have to wait for some sort of legal process.
Rather it should be something that one should be able to do by the checking
of a box or the proclamation of a particular day.

Rev. Ashenden notes that it seems that “we have shifted as a society to
a place where we treasure and respect feelings more than most other factors.
It’s part of a growing self-preoccupation.

He continues,
“If I feel something, it must be true or real.”
It’s the under-side of an “I want” consumerist society where a whole range of
very sophisticated agencies play on our feelings of how we would like to look or
like to feel, or like to be seen.”

The Trans Dilemma – Human Dysphoria & the Life of Brian.

This issue is just one more in a litany of growing issues that are bombarding us
on a daily basis.

It is a never ending sea of society telling us all to accept,
get on board or be damned.
Forget choice, decision or option because it is all one-sided really.

Yet are these issues really just a lost population’s attempt at grasping
straws…just as a drowning man grasps at anything afloat to save him?
Or is there something much deeper and much more grave taking place?

Are we as a society merely preoccupied with the business of splitting hairs
when in actuality we’re really missing the giant tangled knots glaring us
in the face….

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.”
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire
and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Don’t be deceived…
(James 1:13-16)

26 comments on “splitting hairs, missing the knots

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    We are indeed on the verge of something; Come Lord, Jesus.

  2. @vapor_sage says:

    Good Morning! This falls right in line with what I’m reading. The chapter on sincerity. No Man is an Island- Thomas Merton, here a sentence- The selfishness of an age that has devoted itself to the mere cult of pleasure has tainted the whole human race with an error that makes all of our acts more or less lies against God.

  3. Amen. “we have shifted as a society to a place where we treasure and respect feelings more than most other factors. It’s part of a growing self-preoccupation.” And may I caution to say that perhaps within Christianity we have so focused on gender issues that we have excused all the other ways that our “self-preoccupation” is manifested including lack of love, greed, unkindness, lying, self worship, adultery, racism, self, self, self, etc…this is one big knot that needs to be untangled. All God’s Word is true and He cares about our sexuality and the other sins in our hearts as well. Thank you for this post. 🙂

  4. Wally Fry says:

    I would say “yep,” here, except I have been called out LOL. What I see in all of this is people who are looking to define themselves. We all want that, because the knowledge of what defines us was put there by the One who defined us. So, all men are looking. Now is the time when we, those who have let ourselves be defined by the proper authority, to step up and point people the right direction. Are we going to be watchmen on the tower, or cowering the the basemen hoping it all will do away. We can’t change this world, Julie, and it is futile to think we can force it to submit to us. On the other hand, Jesus can change it, and we just need to tell it.

  5. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen Julie!! 🙂

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    Just a few hundred years ago, people were better at accepting things they could not change. Now we are surrounded by fantasies and the promises of salesmen, promises to make all our dreams come true. And we, the best and brightest in history, believe them?

    I don’t think we were taught well, and I fear we have not taught our children well. To start with, we need to teach them this prayer.

  7. I’ve always said we don’t have to fear outside forces such as aliens or asteroids and such, humanity will ultimately destroy itself in the end. 😦 😦 😦

  8. oneta hayes says:

    Desire – sin – death. We chop at the roots, when sinful desire raise up in our thoughts. And satan the deceiver will assure us there is nothing wrong with a little fantasy. Great blog, Julie. 😀

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