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A Broken Heart for a Broken World

Updated on February 7, 2012

It's Not About the Stance

This isn't a hub about how I think Abortion is evil and murder and how I think it should be illegal. This isn't a hub about Catholics being forced to give contraception against their beliefs, and frankly, against what should be against better judgement and scientific findings. And this isn't a argument about why gay "marriage" isn't marriage at all. No, there are times and places for those arguments, and right now, that's not what I need to express.

Rather, this is a hub about cynicism vs. hope. This is a reflection on desolation and abandonment. This is a reproach, about how the country I love, the "greatest country in the world", has broken my heart. But mostly, this is a lamentation on the human condition--about how the world which I love is slowly killing itself. I must ask God why? I must ask God how can I handle it.

Is there any hope?

This morning in California, Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same sex marriage, was found to be unconstitutional, and this among a culture that increasingly supports the idea of "gay marriage":

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples." -Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Recently, ObamaCare has mandated that Catholic health professionals, regardless of their religious beliefs, must provide contraception to patients. According to some polls, 80% of America(n Democrats) is in support of this*, or a fortiori not opposed to this mandate, with most polls saying that even 52% of Catholics support this mandate.

*According to Rachel Maddow on meet the press--Feb 5, 2012. And which can be read more accurately in the politico link from above.

Prior to 1973, when states had the right to choose, only 4 states out of 50 (8%) had legal "abortion by request". In the 38 years since, a minimum of 50 million abortions have taken place in the US. That's roughly the population of California and Illinois combined.

Quite frankly, I have serious doubts about whether America will ever live with Christian values again... or at the very least with some shred of morality. It seems we are fighting a losing battle.

But again... this post isn't about killing babies, marriages, or the spiritual family. It's about how to live behind enemy lines.

Is God Dead?

Is Nietzsche right? Is God dead? Or more accurately have we killed him?

The answer of course is no, God is not dead, nor could we ever presume to kill Him. We have however, as a culture, forced him to the to the darkest corners of our lives, where none care to search or listen for His cries that we are killing ourselves . Most of America seems to think they're better off without God... without the lover of their soul.

And for those of us who still seek God. Who still listen for Him. Who still try to live by the teachings of the freakin' Gospel... well quite frankly the majority of us feel that perhaps God has abandoned us. Why has he left us in the exile of this foreign land? Why has he left us to fight this losing battle? Why hasn't he come again and let justice finally come?

Sometimes I think I should just leave this God forsaken country and move to Switzerland... or the Vatican. They seem to have things working out over there.

In the Desert

And then I realize... the problem is NOT really with the country or people, but with Humanity as whole. Humanity is broken, and we will continue to increase in sin until God deems it time to come again and wipe all inequity from the face of the earth.

Until then it doesn't matter where you go. There will always be a war on morality. Christians will always be thought to be the evil ones.

Why does God keep us here, in the metaphorical desert of sin and apparent abandonment? Because he wants those of us that are faithful to Him to keep leaning ever more fully on him, and to not despair, but to have hope in all things.

Honestly, and feel free to ridicule me for saying this.... I DON'T think any of our current moral problems will be fixed, and even if they are, something new (and possibly worse) will spring up.

But that doesn't mean we aren't called to try, not called to pray for a solution. Because even if we can save one baby from abortion, convince one married couple to not use contraception, or convince one homosexual that they can live a fulfilling life without sex, that person's life and more importantly, soul, will be worth the countless other defeats.

We are fighting a war of attrition against an increasingly evil society. We may come to feel weary and beaten. Be assured and hopefully however, that we are winning--for we have the Lord Jesus Christ on our side, and His battle plan is flawless.

© 2012 rdlang05


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      rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota


      I'm not sure I personally would distinguish between love and charity. However, you are totally correct that we CANNOT love evil. Thanks for the contribution, as always.


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      Make Money 5 years ago from Ontario

      We used to pray for Faith, Hope and Charity, not Faith, Hope and Love because we can't love evil. Your reply to Sally reminded me of this rdlang05. Just a thought.

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      rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota


      Thanks for reading, and especially for the insights. I think our nations leadership could really help turn the country around if the right person was able to step up.


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      Cynthia Taggart 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I happen to believe that the individual has been lost. With that follows despair, which we can see in our children. I also believe there is a hate of Christianity that our government is promulgating, on purpose. You're right with regard to love; if we care only about the "extroverted" characteristics that provoke sympathy or jealousy, we do not love in our hearts. It is fake, phony and fraudulent to say you love because you pity. Hopefully, I feel, that when our government elects a leader whose policies move the individual to action, we will find that our folly must be rid of if we want a good life. You're right too about the contraception issue. Most medical doctor love people to screw around. They profit enormously from it, which is why this country has 1/3 of its population chronically ill. When spirits of individuals are crushed, we all feel it. It is despair.

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      rdlang05 5 years ago from Minnesota


      I guess it depends on what you mean by love? If love is allowing anything anyone wants to do, then by all means, we should not worry about this. But if love is trying to look out for the body and soul of every person, helping them to avoid what will hurt them, then we have to "love the sinner hate the sin". There are loving ways to correct people and hold them accountable. But I do agree, love is the most important thing.

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      Skeptical Sally 5 years ago

      After being raised a Christian and fellowshipping at church, and learning about the good book, I must ask: isn't the idea of embracing these people regardless of their sin more important than the sins themselves? Some Christians ARE evil ones because they are selfish with "their" God, in ways that the terrorists were selfish with THEIR Allah when they killed all of those people.

      Walk in the steps of Jesus, and love thy neighbor, because they are not perfect. It is none of my business who loves who, as long as we all have safety, good food, water, and love to bind us.

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Dave: That's what I'm realizing... that I can't just run from the problems by just moving away. I'm called to stay and fight and pray. Thank for reading :D

      Reginald: Thanks reading and for the affirmation. I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

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      Reginald Boswell 6 years ago from Alabama

      Bold! Elegantly spoken from the heart, very thought provoking and insightful!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      rdlang: It is not just the USA that is facing all of these atrocities, it is global. Every nation, every country that "Christianity" is alive in, those people following Jesus Christ, come under attack. It is for this reason that we must don the Holy Armor of Our Lord daily. It is for these reasons that you mention that we must draw a line in the sand and stand our ground ready to defend our God and ourselves.

      Truly God will one day declare "Enough is enough" but until that day God wishes to discover which of us are truly loyal to Him and His cause, to know which of us share in Him and His teachings and His Love for life.

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota


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      Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario

      We can take consolation in the fact that we should see a period of peace in the hopefully not too distant future.

      Did I tell you that I can predict the future? God wins. ;-)

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota


      Thank you so much for your comment! I also, was not trying to debate, and I'm glad that you agree with my point on brokenness. That is what I intend the primary focus of this hub to be.

      A also agree that poverty is a huge symptom of our brokenness. The reason I didn't touch it was because 1) most people would agree its a problem, and 2) its not a current battle that I'm feeling called to fight. Still, it's along the same lines as the other things--"You will always have the poor among you" (Mt. 26:11; John 12:8; Deut. 15:11)... doesn't mean we shouldn't do everything we can to try and help them.

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      Juliek958 6 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

      I don't agree with all of your comments but I do agree that we are broken. The increase of the homeless breaks my heart. A great deal of them are not homeless because of mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction. They are homeless because of living from paycheck to paycheck and then losing their jobs and not being able to find another one. They are homeless because of astronomical medical bills because they couldn't afford health insurance or because of a catastrophic disease. The public's misconception of them is that they are all drunks and druggies and quite simply, this is not the case. I spend my free time volunteering at many organizations trying to change one life, help one family and change the perception.

      As a society, we are broken. I completely agree with that. I care deeply for the children who go to bed hungry - if they have a bed to go to in the first place. That's a bigger issue for me then gay/lesbian marriage or no marriage or if Catholics should practice birth control or not. I'm not touching the abortion issue! I'm not trying to debate at all. In all honesty, I am agreeing to being brokenhearted and pointing out that there is even more to shatter our hearts. There's a reason why the words poor and poverty are the most used words in the Bible. The most used and we still don't get the message.

      Thanks for speaking your mind. Quite brave of you to do so!