If you take the time to catch up on breaking news, you might notice a disturbing new trend. Instead of providing the full context of a conversation, sound bytes are used to promote a certain narrative. Instead of relying on truth, justice and the American way, political allegiances have been formed. This decision has replaced the Bible with political correctness. Anyone who does not adhere to this new standard is attacked, exposed and slammed for intolerance. The idea of a corrupt media was something I thought was impossible, left for nations of dictators from third world nations. Yet, as the media’s elite begin to play God, redefining right and wrong, I’m afraid of what the future holds.
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment, James 2:13.
In 2009, Paramore released Playing God, a single from their third album Brand News Eyes. Lead singer Hayley Williams was one of the authors of this song, collaborating with band members Josh Farro and Taylor York. The music video begins with Hayley sitting in her car, staring at a cross and a button of Jesus on her dashboard. This time of reflection sets the stage for a new concept, what if God did not introduce freewill? Instead God used force, to tie people up so they didn’t go where God didn’t want them to be. While God refuses to participate in this mindset, adults, other siblings and parents from time to time like to play God.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps, Proverbs 16:9.
Known for his wisdom, King Solomon addressed this topic during his day. According to Solomon, everyone has an idea, a plan for their lives. While your heart may guide you throughout this life, God ultimately establishes the direction you will take. Along the way, barriers, obstacles and road blocks stand in your way, altering your course. Thus, the sooner you start keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25, the better off you will be. Rather than condemning those around you for not following the path of integrity, make sure you show mercy to others so that when you do fall, forgiveness will be extended to you.
by Jay Mankus