Happy New Year, Freedomists!
As a conservative, I am hopeful in this season, although a trepidant hopeful.
What I fear most is that in celebration or murmuring, the American people continue to allow their focus to be on praise, whining, and even fighting. If that is the case, then the cause is lost.
Unproductive Emotional Highs
Reflect on a time in your life when you really wanted to see change or had some sort of revival in your spirit. You were filled with an intense fervor to seek change, righteousness, and/or justice. Maybe it was during a sermon, listening to a song, or hearing a speech.
The millennial I am, this often happens to me after seeing a movie like To Save A Life or 13 Hours.
After watching these movies I am moved to either go tell everyone about Jesus, or go join the military and take down ISIS.
After the emotional high passes, we sleep on it. We rise from our beds, immediately feeling the pressures of life. We remember the amount of effort actually involved in being a part of change and playing the role of a truth seeker.
We get over the cause.
Yes, you may continue with the rhetoric of a new found cause. You may even share some moving posts on Facebook. At the end of it all, the why gets lost. It becomes a habit, but not a passion. The heart of the matter- the cause- is a distant memory.
We must not get so hung up on present victories or losses, that we are distracted from the cause- the “why” of our convictions.
When David visited the Israelites camp to bring his brothers food, the Israelite army had become too distracted by present circumstances that they forgot the cause. Because they had forgotten their cause, they were useless.
When David shows up, he is different. How is he different? He is focused on the cause. He had just finished giving the army a reminder of how blatantly repulsive it was for someone to defy their God, when his brother accuses him of being too naive and prideful.
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (I Samuel 17: 28-29)
So in 2017, be the annoying one who seems too sentimental or impassioned. Remember the cause, and remind those around you of it too.
David remembered the cause, and he took down the giant.
You may be asking, but wait, what is the cause?
That is something you must ask yourself, and ask your Creator.
Is there not one?