We all love to love each other. Don’t we?
No, we don’t. We just think we do.
What we really love is ourselves. And we love the feeling we get when someone else loves us. Loving others is just the price ya gotta pay for gettin’ some sugar.
At least that’s the way it seems to be for far too many. I’m beginning to suspect this kind of superficial love comes from culture (i.e. the world), and not from the heart.
Let me explain. For over two hundered years, America has tried to live up to it’s promise of being that shining city on a hill. While I won’t take time to delve into the theologial ramifications of that (that would require a thorough deconstruction of Dominionism), let’s just say that the promise of Utopia has led us into a culture of communitarian unity: a pipe dream that is unrealizable given the proclivity of mankind for sin.
So in pursuit of that unity we have compromised essential principles for the sake of the whole. We can’t tell people what we really think for fear of disrupting the unity.
But this is only a symptom. The underlying root of the problem in my view is a basic lack of courage to understand and defend your beliefs. The process of Diaprax serves to use that lack of understanding as leverage to supress opposition in a communitarian setting.
The result of this is that the only way to emotionally continue and sustain this kind of environment is to adopt a superficial view of love to preserve unity and prevent being ostracized from the group.
True meat-eating Christians need to understand this. And armed with the understanding of our beliefs, we are better able to defend them.
Regular practice of this leads to the development of the kind of courage you need to ‘stay in the game’ and stick up for the Truth.
Yes, sometimes contending for the faith can be messy. We shouldn’t be afraid of that. If the contenders are honest and stay close to the scripture, the Truth will eventually be found.
And that, folks, is the basis of true unity.