An Antidote to Cynicism

I’ve been reading the Psalms (in the Bible) and I came across Psalm 73. It was good for my soul.

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b];
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

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Purveyors of Outrage

I cleaned up my Facebook feed this week.

I hid all posts from Conservative Daily, Tea Party, Heritage Foundation, The Blaze, etc.These entities sell outrage for our consumption. I hide liberal pages as well. I am tired of being yanked around by half truths.

I have my circular file at the door ready for most political advertisements.

I gave up watching or listening to Fox News, CNN, and the Today Show, among others, in 2013. All the shouting is evidence that they want the listener to share in the outrage. Ugh.

This is what God wants to see evidenced in our lives:

“5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Phillipians 4:5

Shouting is not compatible with gentleness.

The Lord is near. Think about that.

These websites and TV stations also try to raise the flight/fight response. By sharing these posts, we participate in raising the level of anxiety in each other.

The very next verses are instructive.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

We don’t get to make politics the exception. “In every situation.”

It’s the mean season in politics. Don’t participate.

Outrage is for sale. I not buying. Not even in the market.

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