Friendship is one of the most difficult relational subjects in our culture today. How do you define friendship? What do you look for in a friend? I don’t know how you answer these questions but I know it’s a struggle.
The following is an article that Temple Semenary graciously invited me to submit for publication in the Aletheias Theological Journal. If you’d like to read the journal click here.
We are living in a day in our country and culture when there is as much uncertainty and fear as any time this generation has ever known. It is a generation of rhetoric. Truth has been relegated to post-modern relativity while political leaders have learned, since truth is relative, if you repeat something enough times, someone will believe it to be true—even when the person declaring it knows it to be false. What is all this causing? More than a divided country, it is also causing an unwillingness to try. Why? Because, in our day, if you try to do anything worth doing, it will be adjudicated in the court of public opinion, which for many is a frightening prospect.
I had the privilege of going to the Holocaust Museum for the first time today. If you’ve never been, you can probably imagine the kind of images that are featured at such an exhibit. Needless to say, the feelings that were dredged up in me were solemn to say the least. I don’t think anyone can walk through this museum without initially thinking, “how could this happen?” But the answer to that question is not that difficult to find.
Which is better, an ideologue or a pragmatist? It depends who you ask, I guess. For some, if you don’t have ideals it doesn’t matter what you try to do you have no mooring. For others, if you can’t practically work things out it really doesn’t matter what you believe. Which is better? Again, it depends who you ask.
Unless you’re living in a bubble or just don’t care, the events that have owned the headlines this year, other than the most ridiculous presidential race in history, probably have you wondering how this comes to an end. The racial tension primarily being manifested between young black men and police is demonstrating a systemic issue that’s obviously unresolved and is not going away. I’m sure we can all agree that pointing blame and accusing others will not bring peace to the turmoil that we’re experiencing in our culture.