I went to a writing conference last weekend.
Within the microcosm of art and literature, I experienced our culture’s strict new, mob driven mandate.
“Do This and don’t do that.
Say this but don’t say that.
Think this new way — it’s the right way.”
The trend-driven mob has one standard:
The current new wave of thought must be accepted by all.
So, I sat listening to writer-presenters.
I sifted through the emphatic agenda-speak.
In session 4, the presenter handed out a stapled packet; an excerpt from a published memoir.
“We’ll go line-by-line around the room, reading aloud.”
I looked it over:
- Line one: an innocent memory of making pickles in a farmhouse kitchen.
- Line two: Uncle Earl wearing a plaid shirt and leaving in his rusty old truck.
- Line three: some x-rated fodder about a first-time sexual encounter.
- Line four: making cookies with Grandma, who smells like roses and garlic.
- Line five: twisted sexual scene with graphic details. And so on….
Nope, I’m not going to read that.
I slunk awkwardly out of my landlocked seat. A Muslim woman and her son exited, too.
We are now at a place where virtue* is made to look odd, and sin** is made to appear normal.
There is a plumb line for a misguided, trend-driven world.
- It transcends decades and centuries and cultures and rulers and norms.
- It’s outlived despots and tyrants and empires and dynasties and wars.
- It contains underdog victories, fulfilled prophecies and surprising heroes.
- It’s a book of love and loss and brokenness and eternity.
The Word of God has all the answers. It is the timeless standard.
*virtue: behavior showing high moral standards. Synonyms: goodness, righteousness, integrity, dignity, honor, decency, nobility, purity, worthiness.
**sin: a word, deed, or desire in opposition to the eternal law of God.
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