Change the person, not the problem

The world is full of problems, but it is also full of people.  A person is just that – a person.  People do more than what is instinctual or intelligent or right.  Every person was given a free will when God created man in his image.  Some of the most illogical, bizarre and corrupt things are done by people.  It is by their choice that they have done these things.

What if they choose to do something different?

In this video, the mandatory stupidity would have been stopped if the people had chosen to be different: Georgia Healthcare Institutions Now Mandating Flu Shot For Employees.

A friend of mine once told me a story about a Buddhist monk who stopped a violent thug by breaking the man’s arm in three places.  The monk then reset the arm and gave the man a place to stay while his arm healed.  After his arm had healed, the man was no longer a thug, but actually joined the temple and became a monk himself.  The Buddhist monk did not stop the thug for defense or protection or anger or even justice, he stopped the violence.  The monk show compassion toward the man – toward the person – even though he punished the evil.  He showed the man a better way, and drew the man with gentleness.  The man had changed from violence.  This change would perpetuate even in a position of complete immunity.

Retribution, revenge and justice are not the things I should be trying to achieve.  People are not the problem.  I cannot stop, fix or remove the problem.  The problem is in the person.  I cannot even change the person.  The one thing I can do is to show them what it means to be different, to help them be different, to lead them to the one who can change everything about them.

I have found, for myself, that Jesus is real and that He is God.  This is the one whom I want to show to people.  His word – the Bible – is truth.  I want to be like Jesus, and the monk, who helps people change into something better.

For those reading this, what I believe is exactly what the Bible says and is far removed from Catholicism.  A quick intro can be found here: UPCI.

Follow Through Regardless Of Influence

And when then saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted.   — Matthew 28:17

In this context, Jesus has risen from the dead and shown himself to some of those who knew him.  However, even some of the ones who knew him and saw him still doubted his resurrection and him.  Jesus did not let this change him in any way but continued on as he had been.  He continued on to heaven and has become the mediator between us and God, just as he said.  He brought God’s spirit into the world for all mankind, just as he said.  He fulfilled the law, just as he said.

Jesus is the epitome of the manly man; the ultimate example we should follow; and truly, He is the only example we should mirror.

I die free

There is a show called “Stargate SG-1“.  It is the story of a unit called SG-1 within a secret government installation called “Stargate Command“.  Stargate Command, or SGC, houses a large ring called a Stargate.  The Stargate allows objects, and people, to travel to other planets that also have a Stargate.

Now out in the galaxy, there is a creature that can take over sentient beings and control them; they are called the Goa’uld.  The Goa’uld have set themselves up as gods and have enslaved numerous worlds and peoples.  The ones who make up their army are called Jaffa.  The Jaffa are also enslaved to the Goa’uld in their own way.

On one mission, SG-1 goes to a planet and is helped by the right-hand man of one of these false gods.  His name is Teal’c.  Teal’c is invited to return with SG-1 and soon becomes an integral part of the team.  Later, when other Jaffa turn from the false gods, their saying is very enlightening:

I die free.

Those who believe and are saved by God’s word are free from sin and death (Romans 8:1-3).  God will free those who turn away from the false gods of this world and allow them to make the choice to serve him, or return to the bondage of sin.