These times are giving us opportunity to think about our bedrock, i.e., what we build our lives on and where we put our trust.
I’ve looked within…and I’ve looked to others, trying to see bedrock through their eyes. Where do they put their trust?
The vaccination issue is a good place to talk about trust. Some people trust Fauci and the general narrative. Some are waiting, not sure what or who to trust. Some trust an infotainer’s medical advice over their doctor’s. And some trust the Libertarian view, which (according to the Libertarian website) is this. “We seek a world of liberty in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others.”
This “bedrock” quest has really opened my eyes. People view bedrock so differently. We build our lives on such a variety of foundations.
This can get convoluted, but it seems there are a couple of components we can’t ignore. Love and compassion. Bedrock without love is nothing.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:1-3
I just finished Unfollow by the granddaughter of the pastor of Westboro Baptist* Church. The church’s belief system can be summed up by the name of their website–godhatesfags.com. She got out due to the compassion of some outsiders. They could see that her bedrock lacked anything close to compassion or grace, but nonetheless, they could summon it for her. It was love that changed her.
Recently I ran across another church’s bedrock statement. “Loving God and loving people.”
I really like that one.
*It’s not Baptist.