Last night we got together with some friends and watched Hacksaw Ridge. Have you seen it? You should. In this day and age, where we are seeing division, hatred and selfishness flood our social media feed, we need to be reminded of selflessness by stories like this one. Stories where people are willing to place their very lives on the line for others.
We live in a time where entitlement clouds our view of the big picture. We think we are owed something. We believe that we deserve so much more than what we have been given. We can really be a disgusting people.
Do you realize there is nothing about any of us that deserves the right to open our eyes each morning? Not a one of us offers such great contribution to this world that deems us worthy to be here. None of us. Each morning that we are allowed another breath is a gift. It means we have a purpose. It means there is something left for us to do. Something good. But we are too blind, too self-centered to see it.
For me, I see it (and this is clearly one of a thousand examples) when I think of the behavior of those celebrity sports figures who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. It is in those moments that I am quickly reminded of the “lostness” of this world. Yes, men have fought for their freedom to choose whether to stand for that flag but while they make their millions and play their games, men have given their lives. They have sacrificed EVERYTHING so that these men can put on their little outfits and chase a ball.
It hurts my heart so much to see the selfishness that exists today. To know that my kids are growing up in a day and age where people celebrate this kind of behavior. Behavior that lacks integrity and respect. Behavior that shines light on entitlement instead of sacrifice. There are days when I wish that each of those who choose this behavior would have to stand on the front lines of a war. To look the enemy in the eye where men who believe so much in the freedoms of this country and the protection of its people are willing to give their lives for it.
We have watched our country crumble over the last decade. And sadly, it will continue to do so until people choose what is right. To choose what is good. To choose to be a people who put those around them first. To love those around them. To serve and care for others, FIRST. Until that happens, we will continue to watch this country suffer from things such as discrimination, hatred, racial division, poverty, and the list goes on. America can be great again but it won’t come at the hands of a man sitting in a white house. It has to be a choice that every individual will make to put their selfishness aside, and to love their neighbor as themselves.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14