Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
The most plaintiff cry I hear from so many today is: “Oh, I hardly can wait for 2020 to be over so we can get on with a new year!” TRULY, it would be a welcome remedy – a most welcome reprieve – to flip the page of our calendars and have all the “insanity” of 2020 behind us?! 2020: a year to remember…yet a year we would like to forget forever! “Please, dear God, deliver me from this INSANITY!”
For many years I have been helped by a different, yet most insightful, definition of “insanity.” “INSANITY” = doing what we always have done, yet somehow expecting completely different results.” INSANITY!
We want 2021 to be different! I suggest, however, that New Year’s resolutions seldom, if ever, have anything to do with improving our relationships with others: locally, nationally, or globally. My own resolutions too often have to do with my weight, my health, my work, my finances….whatever it takes for ME to care better for ME. Seldom do “I resolve to make a difference for others.” INSANITY!
“ME” does not heal “WE” If “ME” does not care for “WE”, “ME” will end up destroying “ME” and “WE!”
- If WE say WE want “equality”, then ME cannot support supremacy of any race, gender, or class…
- If WE say WE want “justice”, then ME cannot support laws which serve only ME position…
- If WE say WE want “education for all”, then ME cannot support ruling out those ME do not like…
- If WE say WE want “health care” for everyone, then ME cannot deny $$ for those on the fringe…
- If WE say WE want “freedom of religion”, then ME cannot turn ME back on faiths…INSANITY!
Unfortunately, “insanity” seems to be the prevalent path in this country. If we are sincere that we want something DIFFERENT, it truly is INSANITY to keep on doing the “same ol” ME status!!
As one state Governor said recently: “this vaccine will not solve, or cure, our selfishness or indifference to what is happening to our neighbors around us.”
Mohandas Gandhi said: “BE the change you wish to see in the world.”
The Apostle Paul said: “If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” (Gal. 5:15)
My prayer for me, and all of us, is that we move into the new year discarding the insanity of continuing in our old destructive ways, but instead, trust and follow a God who promises: “See, I am doing a new thing…do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)