IS MAKING OTHER PEOPLE “DO THE RIGHT THING” THE RIGHT THING TO DO?

The truth shall set ye free.

Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance

Ku Klux Klan parade in Washington, D.C. in 1926
(White supremacy – Wikipedia)

What is the first step in establishing tyranny? Those who would rule must convince enough people that “it’s the right thing to do.” Consider some of the more prominent examples.

  • When white people enslaved black people, they used the government to help establish their “right” to own black people. Supposedly, blacks were racially inferior. That is, various academics established the belief in the racial inferiority of blacks as a “scientific belief.” That supposedly made enslaving blacks “the right thing to do.”
  • Before Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party took over Germany, Hitler documented the ideology of the Nazis in Mein Kampf. The Nazis advocated the belief in an Aryan master race. The Nazis also emphasized racial conflict, especially agains the Jews. That supposedly made The Holocaust “the right thing to do.”
  • Karl Marx…

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The Authentic Metaphorical Tree

I’ve been pondering a lot about this tree metaphor because I really want to get into mentoring (even if that means only my children).

I planted a spiritual seed back in 2011. I put a lot of intention behind planting this “seed” 10 years ago in my heart. A seed is basically an idea… you can plant any idea in your heart (which is like symbolic soil). The seed of eternal life, Jesus Christ, whatever you want–good or evil.

Well, it’s 2021, and that seed has slowly grown and is now a tree… that is producing beautiful fruit.

The beautiful fruit… are my kids who are growing from me… who will one day fall off, and be buried in the ground and metaphorically die and their seed will be planted, and they will become their own trees… under my care and supervision. They will hopefully become good trees and produce good fruit–that will fall off and become trees… and the cycle continues for eternity.

But what kind of tree do I want to be? I want to be an authentic tree. I’ve gotten back into spirituality, and I’m reading my scriptures consistently again. I’m surrendering my sins to God. I’m finally becoming the Christian I was meant to become–focused on developing a real relationship with Christ. I do believe this idea came from God… I’m just grateful I could be open to this beautiful symbolism.

What kind of seed do you want to plant in your heart that’ll grow into a tree? (It took me ten years to understand the power of this metaphor.)

Good trees require sunlight and water and good soil (a good heart). That is why biblical study and keeping a relationship with God is so important… no matter what stage of life your in.