Monday, May 12, 2008

Will equal rights really be equal?

Will equal rights really be equal? I am posing this question with about a thousand follow up questions. The question is posed in light of a conversation I had with my deeply intelligent wife the other night. How we got to this conversation I will never know, but I think it was a rabbit trail off of the question I had regarding atheists/antitheist and why they cared if I chose to believe in a higher power. The question dissolved into the thought that in light of atheists/antitheist (i will call them a/a from now on) may get what they want in politics, education, marriages, etc. If they get what they want we will be left with our beliefs in our hand and wondering what happened. If we look back to history, ahh history, we find that when the original colonies were established, the reading of Scripture was a hallmark of education, if they learned nothing else they learned to read and what book was most owned by people moving to the new world in search of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, the Bible. I understand a/a thoughts in that the "Christians are takin' over", but why are so many people (politicians) so fired up about getting our vote, why do politicians have such a hard time passing laws that are opposed to moral/ethical ideals. Sure a/a are a minority, but they are a minority that is fighting against people whose beliefs in their mind don't exist. Was that statement clear? I know I may be setting up straw man arguments for myself, but at this point in the game "Can this many people be wrong?" Is it possible that people for thousands of years have gotten it all wrong and the few people among those years who thought and believed that no god existed had it right? Don't get tied down with popular vote vs delegates won, this is not about Al Gore!! Although I think that I have strayed from my original premise about equal rights ever being equal, and honestly the answer is no! At some point someone will disagree with the amount of CO2 released into the air by cattle in Texas and blame someone for it, just as quickly as some will disagree with the phrase "one nation under God" in the pledge or the fact that religious groups have to meet as a school group and not just an unscheduled meeting of teens who love Jesus. I remember my mother telling me about Jesus Freaks in her high school in Baton Rouge, whatever happened to those days, weren't those the days of civil rights!!!!!! Wow how things have changed, I wonder what would happen if a young man/woman sat outside their school, or even in the quad, with a guitar and some close friends and started singing praise songs? Would their civil rights be infringed upon, because someone who is opposed was offended? I think our hippy parents would wonder what happened and did all the work they did in bringing civil rights awareness about really help or hurt the American landscape? I have question after question and sadly no answer, but this: I still love Jesus, regardless of who is in office, I know that God is in control and so what if I do! I know that God placed people positions of power (Daniel 4:17, Romans 13:1-2). I leave this blog as it began with questions and if you have read Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, that might be a good thing, questions are what keep us from stagnating. So, will equal rights ever be equal? Ask me when my body is perfected and we are standing in the presence of the Almighty and He judges those who just as equally chose not to serve Him.

2 comments:

Kenny said...

Hey Gerald! I read your post a week ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting. BTW I think cows fart methane, not CO2. But anyway. When it comes to civil rights and its effect on equal rights, the law of unintended consequences always reigns.

The hippies probably didn't want to get where we are, but here we are. Moral of the story: Be careful what you ask for (or protest for), you might just get it.

Oh and about Velvet Elvis, I'm gonna write a blog post entitled Why I hated Velvet Elvis.

Well talk at you later gator hater! We are gonna rock LSU's world this year!

Gerald said...

Well for starters those of us intelligent Tiger Fans admit being wrong and it is methane, unintended consequences, i like that wording, not because it has adverse effects on good things but that it makes sense.

Why hate on Velvet Elvis, it gave me a passion to really really investigate why things are written in Scripture and im not talking get a good grade on Pickell paper its get a better understanding of Scripture for personal edification.

I am glad to hear that UF is going to rock our world, does that mean UF is leaving SEC for ACC, that would rock, then FSU would actually have to play someone!!!