We need revival
T. S. Eliot asks, "Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?" God reminds us, "Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (Proverbs 1:7) Knowing 'more' doesn't always make us any wiser in our choices, does it? In fact, a good many of our choices are simply made because others are making that choice. We are influenced by what we see, hear, and come to accept as truth. When knowledge turns us away from God's truth, we will make unwise choices. When knowledge is the result of embracing truth, we find our steps are more certain and our choices are actually narrowed quite a bit.
Information abounds, but knowledge that comes from a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus seems to be lacking in many cases. Our nation struggles because of the 'information overload' we receive each day, but there is little truth contained within that 'load'. Most of us hunger for truth - simply because we have come to hear so many untruths over the last few decades, with each passing year bringing more confusion and less 'foundational truth'. Maybe I am on a soapbox this morning, but I see information coming at us from all sides and yet we often choose to ignore what scripture plainly says regarding the issue at hand.
What is the answer? This world needs a 'revival' of truth. Acts of aggression are all around us, some in full support of them, while others feel it is wrong. Bullying is a 'real thing' that doctors are taught to actually screen for in their exam of kids these days. Whole fields of study have emerged simply because society 'labels' individuals, aims threats at them, and gives others fuel for their own aggressive acts. Until we recognize the evil around us as just that - evil - we will never be able to curb the increasing tide of negative and harmful influence all around us. The world needs more than another 'great leader' - it needs more 'great servants'.
The answer is for us to be examples - to not only hear the Word of God, but to become 'doers' of the Word. We must stand with those who cannot stand alone. We must bind up the wounds of those who have been affected by the aggression of others. We must be agents of peace and reconciliation. What does it mean to reconcile? It isn't that we bow to whatever is not desired - giving into it. It is that we 'win over' those who do not know Christ as their Lord and Savior by being good examples of his grace and love in an otherwise very negative and hostile world. Just sayin!