There is a growing quibble. I listen, reflect, and then find myself called to express an opinion. In some ways, I do not have a stake in the outcome of the different opinions. In other ways, everything is at stake! I must take a stand, for me there is no choice.
In the spirit of conciliation and openness, each of us sense a desire to accept each other’s viewpoint. For some, the ability to express a view comes easily; while for others the very expression of an opinion screams intolerance. Is there anything that can help us determine when to speak and when to keep silent?
What happens when we understand what is at stake? Does it matter when the question is one of opinion, or degrees? Are there any thoughts that can help us make a difference?
First, while right and wrong are at stake, there are things that cloud our sights. At times, people forget the real issue. Imagination is, in itself, not evil or good. Doubts are, in themselves, not a problem. Uncertainty or anger is, and cannot be just logically ignored. It is what we do with each that matters.
Second, Hope, mercy and love direct us towards God. Avoidance of evil leaves us just where we are; sitting a long, long way from the Divine.
Please do not see my words as a call for ignoring evil; actually it is the opposite! We should stand a call evil wrong whenever and wherever it occurs. Evil is an event, motive, or relationship. Evil is anything that stands against love, mercy, hope, compassion, and acceptance. Evil tears and rips in an attempt to elevate self. When we tolerate gossip, slander, or gratuitous criticism we promote evil.
Remember that love, mercy, hope, compassion, and unconditional acceptance are on trial. These are all descriptions for God and Evil wants us to believe that they are optional. This is the real issue in each of our lives.
“An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face.” (Proverbs 14.2)