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Finding Goodness in a Divisive Society

Finding GoodnessWe live in such a divisive society, here in the United States, and around the world. Satan is hard at work pitting us against each other. He wants us to forget that we all come from the same Supreme Being. As adults, why is it so easy for us to quickly notice the differences of others, rather than common ground? We weren’t like that as children. When we were young, we simply played with anyone who would play with us. We found common ground in the love of “play,” in toys shared, and in having fun together. We need to find that goodness, once again – this time as adults. Finding goodness in a divisive society can be a challenge, but only if we let it.

It all starts with our own attitude. Do we trust others, until they prove themselves untrustworthy, or is it the other way around? For example: Do others need to “prove themselves” in your eyes before you will trust them? If so, then you are looking for the “difference.”

Do you follow the golden rule and treat others as you would like to be treated? Or, do you see yourself as “better than others,” giving yourself a sense of superiority? If the latter, then you are looking for the “difference.”

Do you consistently seek the truth in all situations, listening to both sides of the story? Or, do you blindly follow a given ideology, and choose to see only what you want to see? If the latter, then you are looking for the “difference.”

With Such Divisions, How Do We Find Goodness?

Knowing that each person is made in the image and likeness of God, choose to trust others at the onset. God only creates good things and that includes each of us! Yes, people listen to Satan and turn away from God. But, until someone proves himself untrustworthy, look for the common ground between you and seek the goodness innately bestowed to each person upon their birth.

Treat others as you would want to be treated. Refrain from passing judgment on others, as you would not want judgment passed on you. Instead, show respect. Recognize that God resides in each of us, and God is the Supreme Goodness. Therefore, find the goodness in others by seeking the common ground of interests and ideas. Remember, how you treat your neighbor is how you treat God!

Seek the truth, by listening to all points of view. Ascertain facts. Refrain from following others blindly. Facing a painful truth is better than clinging to a lie, because “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Finding goodness in a divisive society can be done if we choose to trust, respect others, and seek the truth.

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2 Responses to Finding Goodness in a Divisive Society

  • I always find these why-can’t-we-agree laments to be overly simple. The very nature of democracy engenders disagreement and thereby divisions. We have always had divisions since the founding of the nation and as far as I can tell every democracy in the world has it. Unless you want a monarchy or a theocracy to impose its will, this is just the natural state of things. Legislative bodies probably agree a lot more than you think. It just doesn’t make the news. But when they disagree, then it makes the news and shapes the culture into divisions. Look at the most divisive issue out there: abortion. Half don’t see the unborn as human beings yet and half do. How do you compromise on that? Take the other divisive issues: gay marriage, gender fluidity, religious freedoms. You can compromise on a minimum wage amount or other financial issues. You can’t compromise on these issues, and these are what causes the most divisions.

    • So astute of you Manny! You are zeroing in on the issues that matter to God, because of God’s law. They are issues that cannot be settled by man, until man comes to see the world as God sees it. However, my question is why do we condone moral relativism? Whether it be situational ethics, consequentialism, or proportionalism, they are all subjective in determining moral acceptability – not objective. God’s moral law is objective.

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