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No onto "Something To Die For..."
Last night I was listening to my iPod and on came a song whose chorus stated, "Give me something to die for..." We often hear the phrase, "Give me something to live for," but this other way of saying it seems more profound. There are plenty of things out there to live for, there is no short supply, but that rarely seems to be enough for most people.
|Russian soldier rallying troops, |
killed seconds late
Then I thought about the fact that we are all created in God's image and wondered about what this idea said about God. Is He interested only in having something so important that it is worth dying for? And is that the sort of passion that He instills in us? That we have this inner desire to be involved in something so important that it is worth dying for? And what happens when there isn't anything like that?
I can see two things ending up happening. Either people become self absorbed and ultimately depressed and live in a sense of hopelessness and apathy or they begin to attribute greater importance to lesser things. The classic example would be the English Hooligans. They, without a real thing of value in their lives to pour their passion into, elevated football to a thing of utmost importance. Important enough to die for. And many did. Some people increase risk through dangerous activities. And some take usually mundane protests to the extreme.
I think that all of these things point to an inner passion that drives us to finding something in our lives of such paramount importance that it is worthy of death itself. Somehow it seems that death is more important to us than life. And life, without the threat of death does not interest us. To the point where we will go to great lengths to invent things that involve the threat of death. Ultimately, for some, choosing to die by suicide rather than live life without that thing that is worthy of dying for.
Of course it is not that I am saying we want to be oppressed and live under the threat of death such as what might occur in an abusive relationship or slavery or tyranny. No one desires that, but what I am talking about is a positive thing that we can believe in, get behind and support to the point of death if necessary. You might ask how gangs or drug cartels can be positive. To most of us they are not positive but when you hear the people involved in them talk, they view it as positive. A family sort of system. They belong to something bigger than themselves.
So how do we work that into what we do? Without turning it into some new "holy war". How do we keep it positive? Or, maybe it is God's plan to change our propensity towards death to a deep desire for life. And if it is, I can only imagine that happening in a place completely different from this place. Someplace like Heaven, maybe? I haven't finished thinking about this and don't have any conclusions to offer you in closing. So please bring your own comments to the table. I think this could be very interesting.