Unmentioned in our society is an interesting contradiction that has taken root. It is a contradiction of violence. Unfortunately, the outcome of this particular contradiction can have treacherous consequences because it advocates the use of disorder and disturbance resulting in destruction. As a result, it is necessary to consider the appropriateness, approval, and consequences of such a topic in our societal dialogue.
From Missouri to Maryland, Washington State to Washington D.C. there have been plenty of opportunities for people to justify their anger. Regardless of one’s views on the issues that drove those events, one thing is certain: this is how we get things done, simply by creating cultural chaos and dividing destructively. So acceptable is this form of advancement that frequent advocation from those in authority is present. Proponents calls range from peaceful protest to domestic disobedience, and even to the most extreme form of afflictive assaults. Open advocation with little accountability indicates how acceptable this form of societal progress has become.
Incited by the right cause, every person can justify his or her own actions with each argument coming back to one of two basic and repeated arguments: (1) Deontological: the ends justifies the means, or (2) Utility: the greatest good for the greatest number of people. The result is that few are held accountable for their actions and even fewer question the appropriateness of them, specifically asking when the use of force, destruction, and violence are OK. The short answer is that there is only one time when such behavior is justified.
Does it contribute to the good of God’s created people?
Does it glorify God?
The distinction between man’s violence and God’s wrath is critical in both how we think about God and how we function on behalf of God. That distinction is hard to maintain because our society has created a paradox in which man’s violence is acceptable while God’s judgment is not. It is pertinent then to once again recognize how a deep love for God will be reflected in a deep love for others, which will be demonstrated by our actions that are contrary to a secular society.
(1) Not wanting to spend a lot of time defending this statement at the moment, I point you to several major areas that you can consider and research: (a) Socialism in Venezuela and the current state of their people, (b) the movement to love yourself before you can love others and its contribution to selfishness, and (c) the transformation of narcissism to self-esteem and its effect on the egos and self-exaltation.
(2) Please note: We are talking about civil disobedience that is becoming a common form of accomplishing social agenda. I’m not referring to instances of self-defense, defense of family, or other similar circumstances. That is a completely different discussion and so nothing said in this article should be used to affirm or deny particular actions under those circumstances.
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