A Call to Write

I’ve noticed since the inauguration of President Obama an uptick in the rhetoric and even lightly veiled threats to the president and our country. I am sure that many of you have heard the chatter from the likes of Sean Hannity, Alan Keys and Rush Limbaugh as they argue that President Obama must be stopped at any cost. Mr. Keys claims that we either stop him (President Obama) or this nation will cease to exist.

First, let me say that I do not wish to exists at any cost. If I must cast off all that I am, and myself become an abomination to myself and others, I would rather that I not have been born at all. And likewise for this country, if we yield to the vulgar nature of fear and loathing to continue our existence then have already forsaken all those things we claim to be, and we make a mockery of the creed “One Nation Under God”.

Secondly, it seems equally clear to me that “we” must push against the current of hate and rage, with all the vigor of our beings, that all that we have worked for may not perish from the face of the earth. Yes, this country is at great risk right now, but not anything president Obama has done, but rather from the lips of those who oppose freedom when the candidate of their choice is not elected. Where were these voices the last 8 years? With very few exceptions, those clamoring the loudest to that we are on the wrong track, are the very same ones who sold and embarrassed themselves for the conductors of this path. Where was their outrage then?

Thirdly, we must confess that we are a country of morally dishonest people when it comes to politics and the whole national scene. We take up truths that line up with our predetermined position or affiliation. Many know the truth but they are too afraid to say it. The truth is, that President George H Bush (the father) was a good president. He corrected the fiscal policies for President Reagan, that led to the last major recession. President Reagan was a great leader, but his polices were very flawed. President Clinton benefited from President Bush’s fiscal policy, but had the good sense to build upon them. And as the years pass and the media spin wears off, President Carter will look better and better. While not right on everything, he was right on so much, that we as a nation were just not ready to hear.

And today, this clutter of lies and extreme positions continue. The big news this week was about the New York Post cartoon. And while I personally found the bit in poor taste given that a woman died, it did not offend me otherwise. The stimulus package was written by House, amended by the Senate and finalized between the two chambers. President Obama had little to do with the lesser items (pork) in the bill, but rather campaigned for its quick passage for all the big things in it which we all (should) hope lessens the fallout of this crisis. Can you imagine the chaos over the next several months if many a state government simply ground to a halt? Those who argue against this bill know this the truth, and so do those that argue for it. And yet, here we are being pulled into this controversy about what someone put in the New York Post. Come on people, we’re taking about the New York Post, not the Washington Post. NAACP, don’t we have better things to do?

So, the question in my mind is just how do we change the conversation? How do we affect change, such that we speak and act upon real issues and not rhetoric and blind ideology born out of fear of those different from ourselves?

We write.

We write upon this gigantic blackboard called the Internet. We write to newspapers large and small. We write to the radio stations that broadcast programs that prey upon our fears and promote incivility. We write to our legislators and congress persons. We write article, opinion pieces and letters to national and local magazines. We write anywhere where we have the right to express ourselves and our shared belief of a better existence here in this life. We write the truth, no matter how painful it may be, whether it benefits us personally or not, and whether it offends or not. We must have faith in the truth, and that by its inherent power; we will be delivered from this current climate of bitterness and deceit.

Lastly, let us remember that nothing is impossible for those who have faith in what is good and just. Whether we see it in the flesh or not, does not matter if we live it in our own lives.

ADJ

Please visit www.towrestlewithdarkness.com to purchase the book To Wrestle With Darkness on sale now for $2.99 and to see other works by the author Alan Jones.

The Darkness

What would you give to face the darkness?

What would you give to avoid it?

Or would you embrace it?

 

The first requires at least an ounce of faith,

the second, a shortage thereof,

and the third, a void of faith beyond measure

 

Please visit: www.towrestlewithdarkness.com to purchase the book To Wrestle With Darkness on sale now for $2.99, and to see other works by the author, Alan Jones.

The Standard

Sometimes you have to yield to the unreasonable, because of love. To go beyond that which is just, is the very nature of love. But in the midst of doing this, do not lose sight of the One true Love; and balance all against this standard, regardless of what the expected outcome might be. May you always have faith enough to let go, and allow God.

ADJ

Please visit http://www.towrestlewithdarkness.com to purchase the book To Wrestle With Darkness, and to see other works, including a dynamic piece dealing with spirituality and rapid church development.

Thoughts on writing and other means of sharing….

Surely it is questionable how one can constantly and persistently open one’s veins allowing one’s life to splatter across the page, especially when each encounter leaves the writer drained and a little dimmer.

What is this compulsion to examine one’s own soul, the drive to share lessons learned from each encounter, real or imagined? Why this thirst for something better, even when seemingly, there is no satisfaction within reach in this life?

…Except for this hope, glimpsed in the corner of the eye like a wayward lightening bug appearing in the darkest halls of our lives; leading us further into the darkness. Is each uncertain step further into the vapors faith, foolishness, or both? But then again, if we could understand it all, if we could see it all, would it be faith at all? And maybe, just maybe, in our brighter moments, might we be lighthouses for one another in this journey we all share? For when we shine in the darkness, it has no answer and the substance of our hope is revealed.

ADJ

Please visit http://www.towrestlewithdarkness.com to purchase the book To Wrestle With Darkness, and to see other works, including a dynamic piece dealing with spirituality and rapid church development.

 

Where would I go?

Where would I go, that does not bring me back to you?

I look at you, and I am struck blind by what I cannot see. And yet, I seek.
I listen to you, and I am left deaf by what I cannot hear. And yet, I harken to your call.
I speak with you, and I am dumb for what I cannot say. And yet, I converse with angels.

You give everything and still I am empty.

Wanting.
The curse of every man. A void that this world cannot fill.

Longing.
For what I do not know. The impenetrable depths of this riddle called my life confound me.

Choosing.
Faith over Despair, I take another breath and live.

ADJ

Please visit: Amazon to purchase the book Sacrifices on sale now for $2.99, and to see other works by the author, Alan Jones.

Or visit my site, AlanDJones.com, just to hang out.