Sep. 16, 2019

A time to listen...

This song. Right here. This song says so much if you force yourself to listen through the loud music and the anger. This song. Right here. This song was sang in the middle of a field, by two cowboys, Saturday night, deep in the heart of Texas.

This song. Right here. Allows us to hear the message of the younger generation. Why is it that we, their parents and grandparents, choose to do nothing about the violence raging? Instead, we grasp our traditions. We debate our philosophies. We go as far as to quote scripture to make sure it defends our point. But they simply shout how they feel. What scares me even more is when they stop talking to us.

I explained a long time ago that my blog is written to make us think – not to tell anyone how to think. I must admit there are times that I wonder if anyone my age is really thinking at all. Are we numb? It just might surprise you to know that many in the younger generation see us as “zombies” when it comes to ending violence.

Are we zombies? Have we grown immune to violence? Are our hearts dead unless our family and our traditions are attacked? Are our preferences more important than people? Just curious – what’s in your head?

I typically start my blog with a scripture reference. I felt led today to end it with one. Hopefully, my wish comes true – I encourage you to think. As you absorb my words and attempt to hear the words to this song through the loud music (we are old, aren’t we?), think about these things:

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:1-4

NOTE: The original singer of "Zombie," Dolores O'Riordan died from alcohol poisoning, a believed suicide. Before you judge her too harshly, her song - this song - was written to talk about the insanity of the war in Ireland between Catholics and Protestants. "Zombie" was a protest song by Irish rock band The Cranberries, written about the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, and in memory of two young victims, Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry. Modern musical groups still continue to sing the song as a way to protest what they see as our indifference to violence across the world.