Cynicism Leads Us Astray

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. . . . Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.   The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galations 6:3, 7-9.

Lord, throughout our country and in the media there are those who, with insolent self righteousness, do not hesitate to attack the virtues, values, and sincerity of others.  We scoff at efforts to reach out to others, dismiss empathetic expressions as weakness, and question those who would be honest about our history.  As we watch the struggles of others for freedom we seek to condemn and control, looking for domestic political advantage.  We challenge new approaches and policies as too little, not enough, or as destined to fail yet do not offer alternatives.  Mocking others has become a form of entertainment.

Our cynicism keeps us from hope, from looking for and finding the path you would have us follow.  As one pundit observed, “Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.” (Peggy Noonan).  Lord give us the courage to try.  Help us to recognize you in acts of  kindness, forgiveness, patience and love. Like King David, help us to admit our weakness before both you and others, and seek your help.  Strengthen us to do the work you have put before us and teach us to care for each other.  Help us to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Ro. 12:12

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen

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One Response to “Cynicism Leads Us Astray”

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