I gained a ton of respect for Bruce Springsteen this weekend. He was scheduled to play a show in Greensboro, NC and canceled the show to demonstrate opposition to the HB2 law recently passed. Here’s a link to his statement: https://twitter.com/ABC/status/718521187492564994/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw
I don’t know enough about this law to comment on whether or not I agree with Bruce however, I don’t have to agree with Bruce Springsteen’s thoughts and feelings on this law to respect him. I respect Bruce Springsteen for knowing the law, feeling passionate about it and standing by his opinion of it. He is doing his part to take a stand; in his words: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry – which is happening as I write – is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
We need more people like Bruce. People that educate themselves on what is going on in the world and do everything they can to advocate for what they believe in. I can respect him and his actions regardless if I agree with his interpretation of this law or his feelings related to it.
Right now there’s a scary thing brewing in our country. And I’m going to be honest; I am part of the problem. I’m no Bruce Springsteen (obviously!). There’s so much negativity in this country, so much hate, so much corruption. Our government is out of control. It’s so discouraging and overwhelming, I choose to act like an ostrich with my head in the sand. I just want it to go away so I don’t have face it, face our reality. I don’t always stand up for what I believe is right or wrong because sometimes I don’t even realize there’s a reason I should be standing. For example, I am a little bit like an ostrich when it comes to this upcoming presidential election. I have allowed the media to form my opinion of the candidates and now I just want to bury my head until it’s all over.
A few weeks ago, I streamed a church service from Church by the Glades in Coral Gables, FL. I’ve mentioned this church a time or two in previous blogs and again God delivered a powerful message on the topic of politics. I’m sure liberals AND conservatives may be surprised to hear the church didn’t support either side of the aisle. The service was a reminder (and a call to action!) that we need to engage in politics and not be ostriches with our heads buried in the sand (this was my takeaway). By the way, fun fact of the day - ostriches actually don’t bury their heads in the sand. They just put their heads in the sand to turn over their eggs. Anyway, back to this church service! Each of us needs to research and seek facts (not media facts but real facts!) on who is running, who is making decisions, what these decisions are…and stand up for what we believe in. In a roundabout way, the church called us to do what Bruce Springsteen did…get facts, form an opinion and take a stand.
So I am going to pull my head out of the sand and start a focused effort on learning more about local and federal government. I’m going to pray for wisdom in deciphering the messes we have going on in our government so I can form an educated opinion, make a sound argument and take a stand.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees. Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments. I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.”
If you are a liberal or a conservative or a member of the “I don’t care party” and have 35 minutes to spare, the sermon is definitely worth checking out: http://cbglades.com/teachings/ (It is part 1 in the series…Who would Jesus vote for?).
An ostrich, Bruce Springsteen and the USA,
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